New York-based rapper MIKE has been at the core of the city’s experimental hip-hop boom. He’s gotten noticed by hip-hop fans for a style marked by clever, self-reflective rhymes over distorted, chopped-up soul samples, and this signature sound continues to prosper on “PLANET”.
The new song and music video by the rising rapper showcases his penchant for masterful flows, letting his mind loose in the form of airtight raps filled with raw moments of vulnerability. As a member of the underground sLUms NYC collective and a mentee of Earl Sweatshirt, the influence of MIKE’s cohorts resonates clearly on “PLANET”. The glitchy loop produced by Adé Hakim acts as an apathetic, glitchy backdrop to MIKE’s raps, and his mumbly, heavy cadences carry a similar weight to something off Earl’s ‘Some Rap Songs’. The music video for “PLANET” matches MIKE’s perplexing mind with grainy found footage and black-and-white shots of the rapper himself, a simple visual directed by Conor Prunty that does just enough to bring the song’s character to life.