Published Aug 24, 2017After announcing his Brick Body Kids Still Daydream LP last month, Open Mike Eagle has shared a new video for album cut "Brick Body Complex."
The Nikki Born-directed clip finds Mike becoming superhero Iron Hood, fighting a faceless villain who is bent on demolishing public housing. The song, and album, were inspired by the demolition of Chicago's Robert Taylor Homes, a public housing project on the city's south side that was demolished from 1998 to 2007.
"I watched it and was transfixed by it, and hurt," Mike told NPR. "I thought about the policy of erecting and destroying housing for black people, and the link I perceive between what happens to those buildings and what happens to black people's bodies when they are murdered by the police. It all hurt a lot and stressed me out. I decided to go harder at it with my writing."
Brick Body Kids Still Daydream arrives September 15 through Mello Music Group.