MIKE is a typical old soul. His wisdom is evident in both his calm delivery and the thoughtful questions he asks. MIKE is known for his introspective, subtly profound lyrics that explore grief, family and identity, melting over muted, soul-infused samples. His latest project, “Burning Desire,” is his biggest yet: both in length and artistically. For the first time in his career, MIKE is stepping outside his immediate circle of friends and collaborating with everyone from Larry June to Liv.e to Earl Sweatshirt and many more.
The beloved rapper has come a long way from the moment he created a furor on the underground hip-hop scene with the collective sLUms founded in New York in 2015. Since then, he has released numerous albums that have enjoyed rave reviews, earned Pitchfork’s Best New Music award twice and toured with artists such as Blood Orange, Earl Sweatshirt, The Alchemist and Freddie Gibbs. In honor of the release of “Burning Desire,” the rapper is with us.