Posted on August 15 2014
Chicago’s Mick Jenkins has some pretty serious thoughts about water. Aside from being the namesake for his highly-anticipated project, The Water(s), the natural resource is also the first thing listeners hear on the opening track “Shipwrecked”. The 22-year-old rapper is the latest to rise from the city with poignant lyricism and a clear aesthetic that is understood throughout his catalog. The difference with Jenkins has been his ability to migrate from the city and grow his brand elsewhere in the process. Whereas many artists feel the need to stay firmly in front of the camera lens at all times, Jenkins has been comfortable in the background, his 6’5’ frame juxtaposed against a personality that keeps him within thoughtful circles. On The Water(s) he employs a powerful metaphor between the idea of free water as a right, framing it against the practice of doling out tracks for the low. Check it out for yourself below.