Underground Spotlight: MIKE

Monthly Listeners: 105,344 (September 2019)

Associated Acts: Earl Sweatshirt, Navy Blue, King Carter

My Favorite Project: War in My Pen

My Favorite Tracks: Prayers, Grabba, HURDLES, AFC, and Ain’t No Love

Timeline: 2013-Present

Ok ok ok it's Wednesday. I'm sorry for the late post but we had hella articles drop yesterday so I thought today would be better to drop it today. Anyways... It’s week three of the Underground Spotlight! Once again, I would like to thank all of you for taking time out of your day and reading my article. I enjoy seeing all of the feedback and I love getting suggestions of who to put on the spotlight in the coming weeks. But, before I get started with week three, I want to announce that Supa put me on his Instagram story and retweeted my tweet so I’m pretty much a HUGE deal and a clout god. Just thought I would point that out because I’m a literal man among boys. Nah I’m just playing, but I am actually starstruck as I’m typing this and I just want to give a last shoutout to Supa Bwe for recognizing me. With that being said, week three, here we go!


On today’s spotlight, I’m featuring the fantastic rapper MIKE. MIKE was born in South Livingston, New Jersey but grew up in England. Later in his teens, he lived in Philadelphia for four years and then in Brooklyn. Although his upbringing was very scattered and colorful, his music definitely conveys a New York flow. He is known for collaborating with rappers like Earl Sweatshirt and for using intriguing, grimy, and chaotic instrumentals. He has been actively making music since he was 14, but really started to take off after his mixtape God Bless Your Hustle which he astonishingly recorded at eighteen years old.


My first time listening to MIKE’s music was after the release of his albumWar in my Pen after Earl Sweatshirt gave the album a shoutout on Twitter. I'm always open to new music, so I gave it a listen. Little did I know the dramatic influence this record would have on me. The album is a straight masterpiece from front to back. It is filled with sorrow, spliffs, and sportatic instrumentals. The songs “Prayers” and “Grabba” reveal MIKE’s tremendous family values and the constant struggles that he faced at the time. The song “Nothin’ to Me” discusses his loneliness while in New York and the difficulty of trusting new friends. Every song portrays different messages and different lessons that he has learned in life and lessons that he hopes the listener can gain. Once I heard this album, I had to listen to more and I was mesmerized by what I found. While the lyrics of the songs are captivating, the first aspect of MIKE’s raps that caught my attention was his voice. Some may consider it b