Los Angeles-based MC Open Mike Eagle pens his astute observations on being a Black man in the Paul White-produced song, “Smiling (Quirky Race Doc).”

“No one smiles at me because I’m a Black man until the show starts,” he spits.

Directed by Alex Clark and edited by Ryan Calavano, the video for “Smiling” follows Mike through the New York City streets, where he encounters judgment after judgment. The song comes from Mike’s latest album, Hella Personal Film Festival. 

Open Mike Eagle is on tour now:

9/7: Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville
9/8: Boston, MA @ The Sinclair w/ Gold Panda
9/9: Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall w/ Gold Panda
9/10: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s w/ Gold Panda
9/11: Montreal, QC @ Newspeak w/ Gold Panda
9/14: Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club w/ Gold Panda
9/15: Ann Arbor, MI @ The Blind Pig w/ Gold Panda
9/16: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall w/ Gold Panda
9/17: Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club w/ Gold Panda
9/18: Madison, WI @ The Majestic Theatre w/ Gold Panda
9/24: Long Beach, CA @ Music Tastes Good Festival
10/22: Temecula, CA @ Sorrel
11/4-11/6: Mcdade, TX @ Sound on Sound Festival