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How They Might Be Giants influenced art-rapper Open Mike Eagle

Open Mike Eagle, an LA-based alternative hip-hop artist, is a product of the '80s and '90s. He was a latchkey kid born on the South Side of Chicago who watched MTV and Tiny Toons and was hugely infatuated with the weirdo art-rock act They Might Be Giants.

Open Mike Eagle happens to be one of my favorite rappers around today. He represents a confluence of two very different styles of music: the dark and whimsical lyricism of bands like They Might Be Giants and the humorous punchline style of '90s-era Chicago hip-hop.

Watch the video above to see Open Mike Eagle geek out over his favorite band.