A huge chunk of my life towards the end of last year and the beginning of 2015 was spend underwater, I mean under ‘The Water[s]’, Mick Jenkins’ phenomenal debut mixtape. The Chicago MC had me hooked on his H2O-inspired metaphors and punchlines and I’ve still not been able to get him out of my iPod. I’m suspecting this fixation will only grow worse when he drops ‘Wave[s]’ a few days from now. This nine-song EP, due August 21, may not be a free drop like its predecessor, but Jenkins goes just as hard, maintaining the water theme. Indeed critics have been raving over the project, calling it a groovier version of The Water[s]. Fair to say Jenkins has earned his billing as one of The Windy City’s most highly-rated new talents.
There are two cuts from Wave[s] already in circulation: ‘P’s & Q’s’ is available on Spotify while you can stream ‘Alchemy’ here. ‘Get Up Get Down’ is admittedly not a very new release; it was uploaded about a month ago but seeing as the EP is not yet out, we can still enjoy it as if it’s fresh out the kitchen. I’m happy to report that Mick has lost none of that unique, fluid style, only that he’s added a bit more melody to it. “I’m still underground,” he spits but I doubt he’ll be able to claim that much longer. The production is still hard-hitting, old school and a touch disjointed, cooked up by Stefan Ponce and Thempeople. Finger-licking good.
Pre-order Wave[s] and sit tight for the full force.
Miami Based, Internationally Known