Ever since I happened on his ‘The Water[s]’ project, I’ve been checking out for Chicago lyricist Mick Jenkins. But even prior to this 2014 free mixtape Mick had already grabbed the industry’s attention with his hard-hitting truths, shaped into witty punchlines, spat ferociously. He had dropped three other mixtapes, the last of which was the ‘Trees & Truths‘, which covered a whole spectrum of sounds, including jazz. This seven-song collection, conceived with the help of the Free Nation hip hop collective, really put Mick on the map and ensured the powerful poetry in The Water[s] had a wide audience. In August 2015 Mick blessed his growing fan base with the final mixtape before his long-awaited debut album. Sticking with the water theme, he named the mixtape ‘Wave[s]’.
September 23 is when that album, titled ‘The Healing Component’, will be availed to the waiting public. But we already know how the project will sound; about a week ago its first single ‘Spread Love‘, was released. Following up on that warm and fuzzy sermonette is a tune that is more of a protest song. ‘Drowning’, a collaboration with Canadian band BADBADNOTGOOD, is sang in the negro spiritual style and quotes Eric Garner’s famous words “I can’t breathe”. The song’s video takes us back two centuries to the times of slavery where we find Mick dressed in the baggy cotton shirt trying to get away from his masters. He fails and he is captured and drowned in a nearby river. But instead of drowning he swims to the surface, finds a raft and paddles downstream. He finds other drowned slaves below the surface and rescues them and together they exert revenge on their oppressors.
You can check out the tracklist for The Healing Component as well as pre-order the album on iTunes.
Miami Based, Internationally Known