At the tail end of September hip hop heads breathed a sigh of relief as the long-awaited debut album from Mick Jenkins finally saw the light of day. He had whipped appetite for it up to fever-pitch with explosive mixtapes ‘The Water[s]’ and ‘Wave[s]’. And when ‘The Healing Component‘ arrived, the full-length proved to be more than worth the wait, and worth its weight in gold. It was a tight blend of laid-back, soulful tunes, experimental trap and jazzy/poetic cuts that were typical of the Alabama native, but taken to a whole new level. He even raps over a bouncing Kaytranada-produced house track on one of the songs. As ever there was a deep philosophical undercurrent driving the creativity in the album; this time it was the tensions between the police force and the black community, sparked by the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and other African-American men.
But on ‘Spread Love’, Jenkins rises above the conflict to prescribe a cure for it. On the song he invites listeners to take their eyes off the grind for a minute and take time to plant seeds of love. He urges us to take our love beyond mere words and actually show it. “The basics just loving yourself and projecting that love on others/treat the next man like a brother…all that gold is overrated, what do you do with your coin/we goin’ try to spread some love with it,” he sings. There’s more a hint of spiritual inspiration to the song, what with him claiming to be following the example set by Christ, and the sounds of an organ blaring in the background.
The visual shows Mick walking the talk showing his fans love on stage and off, as well as sharing laughs with his touring crew as they catch breaks in between shows.
Miami Based, Internationally Known