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Mick Jenkins Rapper

Mick Jenkins
Mick Jenkins August 2017.jpg
Jenkins performing in August 2017, at Osheaga in Montreal.
Background information
Jayson Mick Jenkins
Born (1991-04-16) April 16, 1991 (age 27)
Huntsville, Alabama, U.S.
Origin Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Rapper, record producer
Labels Cinematic
Website mickjenkins.com

Jayson Mick Jenkins (born April 16, 1991), known professionally as Mick Jenkins, is an American hip hop recording artist. Based in Chicago, he is signed to Cinematic Music Group. His debut album, The Healing Component was released on September 23, 2016.

Early life

Mick Jenkins was born in Huntsville, Alabama. When he was 10 years old Jenkins, his mother, and his sister moved to Chicago, Illinois following his parents divorce. As a child Jenkins was heavily influenced by his parents musical preferences. His mother listened to Neo-soul heavily, while his father was big into contemporary black gospel music. When Jenkins was just 17 years old, he began going to open-mic events at Young Chicago Authors, which hosts youth speakers through their events. Mick Jenkins attended Hirsch Metropolitan High, where in 2008 he found himself doing mock trials for the law academy at the school. Following this opportunity, he went on to become a courthouse internship at the Dirksen Federal Building, also located Chicago. In 2009, After ditching his efforts of being a law student, Mick Jenkins got an internship working for Sir & Madame, a clothing store, and he began aspiring to be a fashion designer. This was short-lived, as he had made a return to Huntsville that year to attend Oakwood University, and later got into trouble involving a misdemeanor.[1] Oakwood is a small private college that is affiliated with the Seventh Day Adventist Church. In Jenkins's sophomore year at the school, he entered a rap competition where the prize was a pair of Beats By Dre headphones. Jenkins did not win the competition, but states that it led him to discover a passion in making music. Jenkins ultimately dropped out of Oakwood after his father had lost his job working at the school, resulting in tuition being too difficult to manage. Jenkins states to have dropped five mixtapes while in college,though he later disregarded them and removed them from interest access. The Mickstape and The Pursuit of HappyNess: The Story of MickalasCage being one of the only ones still available.[2] In 2012 Jenkins plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge for possession of marijuana and a BAC(Blood Alcohol Content) of .05 while driving, he ended up serving 34 days in jail in Alabama. He returned to Chicago in late 2012 and decided to make music his full-time focus.[1]

Musical career

2012: Career beginnings, FreeNation, and mixtapes

On January 13, 2012, Jenkins released his first official mixtape, The Mickstape. In August 2012, he then released his second mixtape, titled The Pursuit of HappyNess: The Story of Mickalascage.[3] These consecutive mixtapes included production from several record producers such as After the Smoke, Swisha House, Chris Calor, Quincy Banks, Chuck Inglish, Vanilla, and Dijon, among others. During 2012, Jenkins returned to Chicago and joined the YCA (Young Chicago Authors),[4] poetry collective. This is where he would perform his first a cappella verse[], which would feed some attention for the local recording artist and a leader of Chicago's Pivot Gang collective, Saba. The two then collaborated on the track, called Heaux, which was featured on Saba's mixtape GETCOMFORTable (2012).

Jenkins is a member of a hip-hop group, called Free Nation. Other members include Prop, J-Stock, Burman, and Maine The Saint. Free Nation is "a hip hop group that promotes creative thought without accepting narrow views imposed by the powers that be".[5]

2013: Trees & Truths

In April 2013, Jenkins released a mixtape, titled Trees & Truths.[6] The tape quickly became a local favorite, featuring acid jazz-influenced production, biblical allegory, and his lacerating lyricism. Only few months after its release, a collaboration between him and fellow Chicago rappers Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa came in the form of the single Crossroads, which garnered both attention and praise.[7]

2014-2015: The Water[s] and Wave[s]

In July 2014, Jenkins received significant attention after the release of his single and a visual of Martyrs, which juxtaposed insight on harsh societal truths with a catchy hook. The thought-provoking single held messages on gun violence, the fight between his conscience and new-found success, and his turbulent childhood in Chicago.[8][9]Martyrs has led to prominent figures in the hip-hop community such as Timbaland, to reach out and praise Jenkins for his musical talent and intricate lyricism. Jenkins continues to find creative ways to convey his message[10][tone] and on August 12 released his project The Water[s] to critical acclaim. Considered by many to be Jenkins' breakout project, The Water[s] is centered on the idea of comparing water to life's truths.[11][12][13] Shortly after releasing the project, Jenkins announced he would be touring during the fall on the 2014 Smoker's Club World Wide Roller's Tour alongside Method Man, Redman, B-Real, Trademark da Skydiver, and Berner.[14] He had his first official tour in February 2015 with Kirk Knight, Noname and Saba. He was on tour with Joey Bada$$ and Denzel Curry for Phase 1 of their World Domination Tour.

On July 20, 2015, Mick Jenkins announced an EP titled Waves, which was released on August 21, 2015.[15] Mick Jenkins began streaming his new project in full via NPR's First Listen on August 13, 2015. Wave[s] is the follow up to Jenkins' critically acclaimed 2014 mixtape, The Water[s]. For Wave[s], Jenkins continues to keep the collaborators confined to those within his inner circle. The project features the likes of Jean Deaux, Saba, TheMind and popular producers such as Kaytranada. Jenkins also accompanied French producer STWO on his North American tour from the end of August through the beginning of October.[16]

2016-present: The Healing Component

On August 17, 2016, Mick Jenkins released the first single from his highly anticipated debut album, titled "Spread Love". On August 25th, Jenkins released his second single of the album titled "Drowning" which features an instrumental performed by Toronto-based jazz quartet BADBADNOTGOOD.[17] The song has a direct reference to the death of Eric Garner, a black man who was strangled by police. The album, The Healing Component, was released on September 23, 2016. Throughout the album, either as the intro or outro of many tracks, Jenkins carries on a dialogue about love with a female narrator, that narrator being his sister.[18] The Healing Component, abbreviated THC, is analogous to love, a theme Jenkins explores throughout the album. From self-love to romantic experience, he juxtaposes different forms love can take. Jenkins did something similar on The Waters, exploring the concept of truth.

2017-present: The Or More series and Second studio album

On November 21, 2017, Mick Jenkins released Or More; The Anxious, the first mixtape in a series of projects Jenkins describes as "a project series involving musical ideas and concepts that are currently inspiring the album's creation process." [19] The second mixtape in the series, Or More; The Frustration was released on February 24, 2018. [20]


Studio albums

List of albums, with album details and selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions


The Healing Component
  • Released: September 23, 2016
  • Label: Cinematic
  • Format: CD, Digital Download
110 9 6


Title Album details
The Mickstape
  • Released: January 13, 2012
  • Format: Digital Download
The Pursuit of HappyNess: The Story of Mickalascage.
  • Released: August 5, 2012
  • Format: Digital Download
Trees & Truths
  • Released: April 25, 2013
  • Format: Digital Download
The Water[s]
  • Released: August 12, 2014
  • Format: Digital Download
  • Released: August 21, 2015
  • Format: Digital Download
Or More; The Anxious
  • Released: November 22, 2017
  • Format: Digital Download
Or More; The Frustration
  • Released: February 25, 2018
  • Format: Digital Download


As lead artist

List of singles, with showing year released, peak chart positions and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US Rap
"Spread Love" 2016 -- -- -- The Healing Component
-- -- --


  1. ^ a b "Mick Jenkins Is the Reluctant Voice of Conscious Rap". Complex. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ Galil, Leor. "Mick Jenkins raps because black lives matter". Chicago Reader. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ The Pursuit of HappyNess: The Story of Mickalascage. | Mick Jenkins. Mickjenkins.bandcamp.com. Retrieved on September 23, 2015.
  4. ^ Mick Jenkins Talks 'The Water[s]' Mixtape & Premieres 'Who Else' Song: Exclusive. Billboard (May 6, 2014). Retrieved on 2015-09-23.
  5. ^ About Mick Jenkins. MTV Retrieved on 2016-07-20.
  6. ^ Mick Jenkins - Trees And Truths Mixtape - Stream & Download. Datpiff.com (April 25, 2013). Retrieved on 2015-09-23.
  7. ^ Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa Meet Mick Jenkins at the 'Cross Roads'. SPIN. Retrieved on September 23, 2015.
  8. ^ Premiere: Mick Jenkins & Supa BWE "Treat Me (Caucasian)" and Q&A. Mass Appeal (June 26, 2014). Retrieved on 2015-09-23.
  9. ^ "Thank God For The Water[s]: Speaking With Mick Jenkins". potholesinmyblog.com. 
  10. ^ Stout, Sean. (June 25, 2014) Interview: Meet Mick Jenkins, Chicago's Best Kept Secret. Complex. Retrieved on 2015-09-23.
  11. ^ Mick Jenkins: The Water(s) | Album Reviews. Pitchfork (August 29, 2014). Retrieved on 2015-09-23.
  12. ^ Mick Jenkins Impresses With Sophomore Mixtape 'The Water[s]' - XXL. Xxlmag.com. Retrieved on September 23, 2015.
  13. ^ The 17 Best Quotables From Mick Jenkins - The Water(s)WatchLOUD Archived August 25, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.. WatchLOUD. Retrieved on September 23, 2015.
  14. ^ Method Man And Redman To Headline 5th Annual Smoker's Club Tour - XXL. Xxlmag.com. Retrieved on September 23, 2015.
  15. ^ Mick Jenkins Announces Wave[s] Mixtape, Shares "Get Up Get Down" | News | Pitchfork. M.pitchfork.com (July 20, 2015). Retrieved on 2015-09-23.
  16. ^ Hip Hop News, Interviews and Music: Allhiphop.com " Stream Mick Jenkins "Wave[s]" EP. Allhiphop.com (August 13, 2015). Retrieved on 2015-09-23.
  17. ^ "Mick Jenkins - Drowning feat. BADBADNOTGOOD". 
  18. ^ "In These Heavy Times, Mick Jenkins Wants Us To Start Really Talking About Love". The FADER. Retrieved . 
  19. ^ https://soundcloud.com/mickjenkins/sets/or-more-the-anxious
  20. ^ https://soundcloud.com/mickjenkins/sets/or-more-the-frustration
  21. ^ "Mick Jenkins - Chart history - Billboard". www.billboard.com. 
  22. ^ "Mick Jenkins - R&B/HH Chart history - Billboard". www.billboard.com. 
  23. ^ "Mick Jenkins - Rap Chart history - Billboard". www.billboard.com. 

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