The Curse Of Hypervigilance (In Politics, Romance, And Cohabitation) - Open Mike Eagle & Paul White

from the album Hella Personal Film Festival (2016)

There are many reasons I have been digging The Curse Of Hypervigilance (In Politics, Romance, & Cohabitation) by the LA-based Hip-Hop/Rap artist Open Mike Eagle and UK-based Producer/Instrumentalist Paul White, starting with the song title.

From there, I found myself instantly hooked by the intro consisting of human whistling over quarter-note piano chords.  I cannot recall ever hearing a rap song with such an acoustically pure vibe.

Making this vibe even more special is that this is a downtempo song.  It is all about the groove without any of that punch-you-in-the-face attitude.  I always dig a good groove.

Third is the lyrical content and vocal performance.  My favorite part is the use of the word dang.  I really dig this word (or is it an expression)?

Dang, I should have known, I should have known
Dang, I've seen it all, I've seen it all

If you have a chance, check out this full album.  It is a great listen filled with all kinds of hidden gems and moments.

Click Here to listen to The Curse Of Hypervigilance (In Politics, Romance, And Cohabitation).