M.O.U.S.E. presents the Jukebox
Each month, M.O.U.S.E. will highlight an artist that is on the rise in hope that real impactful music will make it back onto the radio.
The artist for the month of June is none other than Chicago’s very own Mick Jenkins.
Mick Jenkins is a member of the Hip Hop group Free Nation, who focus on freedom of thought and liberating the mind from conventional society norms, and they express this in their music.
Although this 24 year old artist started releasing mixtapes in 2012 (The Micktape and The Pursuit of Happyness: The story of Mickalascage), it was not until his 2013 cut, Trees and Truths dropped that he began getting his rightful buzz.
According to Mick Jenkins himself, Trees and Truths is, “A description of topics I view as truth and how they are affected by ‘the trees’, the trees being weed, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and representation of people.” Throw in a couple Adam and Eve skits and crazy metaphors/similes and you are hooked.
Although Trees and Truths might have been the mixtape that gain some attraction for the young emcee, it was not until The Water[s], that fans begin to understand just how high-minded and talented the musician is.
The concept of The Water[s], is next level, and if you have not heard it yet, it is a great project to listen and vibe to. Songs such as “The Water”, “Martyrs”,”Drink More Water”, and “Canada Dry”, speak just to how conscious Mick Jenkins is, especially in a Hip Hop era where lyrics come second to the beat. Luckily for Mick Jenkins he has both content and beats that compliment his gritty flow.
Lyrics such as, “never put your faith into a check, got to play the hand that you was dealt, there’s only four aces in a deck,” are bars that are spoken directly to the youth of Chicago, telling them just because you were not dealt the best hand (aces), does not mean you do not play your cards to the best of your ability because you can always persevere, win, and succeed.
Sometime this year, Mick Jenkins will be releasing another project Wave[s], where each song will be released with an original art piece, which continues to contribute to his authenticity.
Mick Jenkins is our M.O.U.S.E. Jukebox selection for June, because he is an important voice for his city and their youth that is lacking a positive leader; however, with an artist of Mick Jenkins caliber he soon will be taking over not only the streets of Chicago but also popular music in general.