Headphone Highlights


60 minsFirst aired 3 May 2018This episode is unavailable. Why?
Lauren Davis

A glimpse into the stars that form the galaxy of MIKE: The rising teenage MC explores the beats and rhymes that inform his elastic flow.

He’s just getting started, but MIKE is one of the most intriguing young stars on New York’s increasingly rich and diverse underground hip-hop scene. Just as likely to rock a beat with trap snares as he is a solemn piano loop, he’s crafted an aesthetic that references the past while standing firmly in the present, assembling an oeuvre of SoundCloud slaps and Bandcamp bops. In this episode of Headphone Highlights, MIKE takes us on a tour of New York City as he knows it, featuring the inspiration of Takashi Yama and Junglepussy, underground collaborators like Camden Malik and sixpress, plus Drake’s surprising soundtrack for the streets.


Interview by Matthew Ismael Ruiz
Engineered by JP del Mundo
Produced by Carmen Hofmann

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