Alternative hip hop artists Open Mike Eagle & Serengeti make up the hip hop group Cavanaugh, which includes an interesting back story:
In a new urban development on the far west side of Detroit, Florida, it was mandated by a 5 to 4 city council vote that a new housing structure be erected that has both luxury condominium units available for private ownership and section 7 housing in the same building. Via separate entrances the Cavanaugh building services two very different populations. And though the lifestyles of the residents vary, each unit relies on the same system of pipes and wiring and are serviced by the same crew. Mike and Dave have a combined 14 years of experience in Cavanaugh maintenance. They usually work drunk, mumbling greetings to the residents, soaking up all the disdain that the higher and lower income inhabitants have for each other. They talk shit to each other all day. Complaining about their home lives, spinning passive aggressive tales where they pretend to be angrier, stronger, more expressive men.
Though Open Mike and Serengeti has collaborated in the past, “Screen Play” is the debut single as Cavanaugh off their forthcoming album, Time & Materials. Produced by Open Mike, “Screen Play” is a sharp departure from most mainstream hip hop, which Serengeti considers “depressing” and always consists of “the same redundant ideas.”
Time & Materials drops Novemeber 20th