Location: 6 W 6th Street, Saint Paul When: Friday, October 21st @ 8PM
After successfully bringing D.R.A.M to Minneapolis awhile back, Red Bull and Greenroom Magazine are teaming up yet again to bring Mick Jenkins to Minnesota. The Chicago rapper has proved time and time again that he’s one of the windy cities top lyricists. The event will also feature St. Louis’ own Smino, and hometown favorite Dizzy Fae; can’t beat that lineup for only $3. This show is 18+ and tickets are $10 without RSVP, so make sure to click the link below.
If you’re familiar with Chicago hip hop, then there is no doubt you’ve heard of the kid Mick Jenkins. Hailing from the city’s south side, Mick’s music often paints a vivid picture of the social strife and violence that plaques the streets he calls home. He has recently been teasing a new project that he’s been working on with THEMpeople and theMIND, 2 weeks ago releasing 2 tracks from the collaboration. Titled Sip!, Mick continues to provide a refreshingly new sound with each effort, his progression and dedication to his craft are what sets him apart from some of the other artists currently coming out of Chicago. Both tracks deserve a listen, check them out and be on the look out for more from Mick Jenkins.
Chicago’s own Mick Jenkins has had a hell of a year as he continues to ride the success of his latest release Wave[s]. This time around Mick decides to throw it back for his latest video, “Your Love.” A 70’s inspired courtship ensues as Mick tries to capture the eye of a certain lady. The video is on point in every way, Mick seems to really be hitting his stride and he’s always been very polished. Always one for the people and an avid member of the Smoker’s Club, it looks like Mick Jenkins is going to be around for awhile. Check out the video for “Your Love” above and be on the look out for more from Mick Jenkins.
Location: 701 First Avenue N, Minneapolis When: Monday, October 5th @ 8PM
Mick Jenkins & STWO will be live at 7th Street Entry next Monday as they continue their tour. The Chicago MC and French producer have been turning heads lately as they move across the country, the homecoming show in Chicago lands this Thursday. The night will also see performances from fellow Free Minded members JStock and The Mind. This one is 18+ and tickets are SOLD OUT, if you’re dying to go you’ll have to opt for Craigslist or deal with scalpers.
Location: 2105 S State Street, Chicago When: Saturday, August 1st @ 10PM
With Lollapalooza taking over Grant Park very soon the after parties are rolling in just about everywhere. Reggie’s Rock Club in Chicago’s South Loop will host one of the more notable after party events, Mick Jenkins will headline the night after performing at Lolla earlier in the day. Hurt Everybody will open up the event and you can expect a few special guests to stop by as well. This one is 18+ and tickets are already SOLD OUT, at this point your best bet is to check Craigslist or stop scalp early.
Chicago has continued it’s upward trend in 2015 whether we’re talking Kanye West, Chance The Rapper or some of the fresher talent like Hurt Everybody, Saba, Mick Jenkins and Alex Wiley. One of the hardest trios in Chicago’s (national underground) hip hop scene keeps coming with heat at every turn. Made up of producer/MCs Supa Bwe, Carl and producer Mulatto, Hurt Everybody progresses with each new release setting a new precedence for the rest of the scene. Their most recent project 2K47 features some of the city’s most prominent up and comers in Mick Jenkins, Alex Wiley, Saba, Logan with a special appearance from the Chi-town legend Twista. A very well rounded project with everything from high energy club bangers to contemplative and rhythmic ballads, 2K47 has something for all hip hop lovers to enjoy. Peep the mixtape below and make sure to keep an eye out for more from Hurt Everybody.
Although the first installment of the All City series may have been more expansive, All City Vol. 2 takes a larger look at Minneapolis & Chicago’s hip hop scenes, while still incorporating a few other national artists. 2014 has been a great year for music in both Chicago & Minneapolis, with a lot of creativity brewing in the Mid-West. All City Vol. 2 takes some of our favorites from Chicago, Minneapolis and other cities across the nation. Check out the compilation below and keep an eye out for the All City feature.
Location: 3730 N Clark Street, Chicago When: Saturday, January 31st // Noon-10PM
The good people at Vocalo have cooked up a pretty awesome event for Chicago’s hip hop heads. Tomorrow, Metro will host the Winter Block Party which will feature a B-Boy/Girl battle, a fashion show, various DJ sets and performances from Show You Suck, Mick Jenkins, Saba, and NoName Gypsy; rounding out what should be a great time. Students can cop tickets for only $6, while the general public can purchase them for $10, not bad considering the amount dope shit you’ll see throughout the day. The event is all ages, click the link below for tickets.
Our Top 14 Albums of 2014 list concludes today with our number #1 pick. Hailing from the city of Chicago’s southside, Mick Jenkins has quietly dropped the year’s best album. After securing a spot on this year’s Smoker’s Club Tour, Mick has taken his skills across the nation, enlightening those who didn’t know his name. Within The Water[s], you’ll hear thought provoking gems like “Shipwrecked”, “Jazz”, “Martyrs”, and “Dehydration; it’s great to hear an artist from Chicago highlighting the current issues at hand. Mick proves that he is more than capable, his music videos are among the most cinematic and visually stunning pieces in the game today. As we enter 2015, Mick Jenkins should be near the top of your list of artists to watch. At times, The Water[s] will make you laugh, at other times it’ll give you goosebumps, and at other’s it’ll make you cry. 4 months later the album stands tall as a classic Chicago record, a perfect embodiment of the southside’s soul. Check out The Water[s] below and keep an eye out for more from Mick Jenkins.
If you don’t know by now, Mick Jenkins is poised to take Chicago’s leading role in 2015. After dropping what many already regard as a classic mix-tape in The Water[s], Mick’s been spending the last few months touring the nation with the Smoker’s Club. Back home, the violence and crime continues to run rampant on Chicago’s South and West sides, creating an atmosphere of fear. The violence is spilling over from the gang tied corners into Twitter beefs between artists, that has resulted in multiple deaths of up and coming MCs. Mick aims to dodge this dead end road, by promoting a much needed change in the city’s attitude; hopefully instead of the youth looking up to Lil Durk & Chief Keef, they can now see light in simply being black and creative. As a black man, I struggled with not fitting the stereotypical appearance of a “black man”, the youth need to understand that this “mold” isn’t real, you can be/act like whoever you want, you don’t have to be “hard”; too many people learn this lesson too late in life. Check out the video for “Dehydration” above and stay tuned for more.