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.
Chicago spitter Mick Jenkins took to Twitter earlier today to release his highly anticipated project The Water[s]. With videos for “Jazz” & “Martyrs” already making the rounds, Mick is easily one of Chicago’s brightest young artists. The album’s production credits include a few heavy hitters in THem Peoples, Cam of the J.U.S.T.I.C.E League, Statik Selektah and OnGaud to name a few; rounding out a very solid body of work. Mick is clearly coming into himself as an artist and performer, this tape is yet another example of Chicago’s current musical renaissance. Check out The Water[s] below and make sure to be on the loo out for more from Mick Jenkins.
With the release of his project The Water[s] 1 week away, Mick Jenkins gives us a visual for his track entitled “Jazz”. Directed by GoodBoy Media, the video is powerful with water playing the center ingredient. Those familiar with ancient texts (the Bible mainly), will quickly see the metaphor being made as the video moves along. Mick makes a low key appearance in the video, steering away from your typical performance shots. This is easily one of the best videos I’ve seen all year when taking into account quality, creativity, message and sound. Check out Mick Jenkins’ visual for “Jazz” above and be on the look out for The Water[s] on August 12th.