Open Mike Eagle is an L.A. based hip-hop artist. On Secret Skin, he and his guests examine what’s really going on behind the face that hip-hop artists put on for the public. The in-jokes. The heavy stuff. The tour stories. The day-to-day struggles and absurdities of being a working musician. The Secret Skin. Want to know more? Click.


Episode #54: Nick Thune, Jesus, and the Guitar

April 4, 2016 · Duration: 47:57 · Play

Mike welcomes the comedian and actor Nick Thune for a broad-ranging discussion. The two of them cover everything from why Nick gave up one-liners and the guitar in his act to who Jesus would want to hang out with if he was around today.

Episode #53: B. Dolan, White Privilege, and ODB

March 28, 2016 · Duration: 48:32 · Play

Mike chats with rapper, activist, and spoken word artist B. Dolan about what white rappers owe the Black Lives Matter movement, how white privilege can give you a leg up in the hip-hop world, and their mutual love of Ol’ Dirty Bastard.

Episode #52: Chuck Klosterman and New Music

March 22, 2016 · Duration: 1:06:18 · Play

Mike talks with writer and critic Chuck Klosterman about changes in publishing and criticism, the gamble that comes with being interesting, and the fear of accidentally living life wrong. Plus, more new music from Hella Personal Film Festival.

Episode #50: Jean Grae and Artistic Adventure

March 7, 2016 · Duration: 53:34 · Play

It’s the 50th episode of Secret Skin and Mike is joined by his friend, the rapper and all-around artist Jean Grae. They discuss everything from black Netflix tropes to Mike’s picky eating/Jean’s crushing dismay when she learns about Mike’s picky eating.

Episode #49: John Hodgman and How to Be Who You Are

February 29, 2016 · Duration: 58:42 · Play

Mike talks with his friend, actor/comedian/author John Hodgman, about the overabundance of entertainment, the necessity of doing terrifying things, The Daily Show, and growing into yourself by being someone else (or many, many other people).

Episode #48: Chris Gethard and Mike’s Sister, Too

February 23, 2016 · Duration: 54:34 · Play

Mike talks with Chris Gethard, and their wide-ranging conversation covers Chris’s eccentric television program full of human fish, 36-hour no-sleep marathons, and fans who become staff members. Plus, Mike visits his sister in Gary, Indiana.

Episode #47: Anthony Fantano and Appreciating Lil B

February 16, 2016 · Duration: 53:42 · Play

Mike responds to some listener questions, including one about how to feel about white people singing along at rap shows using the n-word. Then, a conversation with Anthony Fantano, creator and host of The Needle Drop.

Episode #46: Hannibal Buress and New Music, Too

February 8, 2016 · Duration: 1:21:00 · Play

Mike welcomes world-famous comedian and old college pal, Hannibal Buress. They talk about growing up in Chicago, getting started in comedy, and sad private jets. All this plus the first single from Mike’s collaboration with Paul White.

Episode #44: Nick Thorburn, Serial, and Dictatorship

January 25, 2016 · Duration: 48:16 · Play

Mike joins us from Europe where the tour with Serengeti is wrapping up and things have been going much better. We also hear Mike’s interview with Islands/The Unicorns’ Nick Thorburn, composer of music for another podcast you might have heard of: Serial.

Episode #42: Intuition and What He Gets Out of Rap

January 11, 2016 · Duration: 49:52 · Play

Mike and his good friend T-shirt are on hand to not only answer questions from their mailbag but to sing about it as well. In the interview portion, Mike is joined this time around by the rapper, podcaster, and video maven known as Intuition.

Episode #37: Eliza Skinner and Comedy Rap Battles

November 30, 2015 · Duration: 46:54 · Play

It’s all about freestyling on this episode, as we meet comedian and comedy rap impresario Eliza Skinner. She talks about life in a rap battle, life in a television writers’ room, and the hilarious and difficult world of standup comedy.

Episode #36: 2Mex and the Value of Hard Work

November 16, 2015 · Duration: 47:23 · Play

Host Open Mike Eagle sits down with the rapper 2Mex for a broad-ranging discussion about making music, listening to music, and living life. Other people might sell more records, but when it comes to putting on shows and creating something to record, no one outworks 2Mex. We also find out if 2Mex sees himself more like The Dandy Warhols or The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

Episode #35: Kitty and How to Deal With Things

November 2, 2015 · Duration: 48:18 · Play

Host Open Mike Eagle chats with Kitty, aka the artist formerly known as Kitty Pryde, about being there for her fans and how that has both advantages and disadvantages. Kitty tells about shedding her child prodigy past and her Florida hometown and how those experiences informed her music.

Episode #34: The Gaslamp Killer and Why You Need to Dance

October 19, 2015 · Duration: 49:24 · Play

Mike talks with esteemed DJ The Gaslamp Killer about entering hip-hop with no footsteps to follow in, the perils of knowing too much about someone through social media, and how to get fired from a bunch of record stores. Plus, the premiere of a brand new song!