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Mick Jenkins Calls Out Blood Suckers In His Circle & Still Spreads Love (Audio)

Mick Jenkins is up to something. The Chicago, Illinois MC released "Vampire In Brooklyn." It is neither a Halloween hangover or an homage to Eddie Murphy's film. Instead, Mick emphatically spits about those not showing love within his circle. The creator of 2014's acclaimed The Water[s] and strong '15 follow-up... Read more

Mick Jenkins Gets In The Zone On A Freestyle That Leaves Sway Speechless (Video)

It's been less than a month since Chicago, Illinois MC Mick Jenkins dropped his debut studio LP, The Healing Component. Longtime fans of his have been rocking with him since at least 2o12, when he dropped Mickstape and, in the years since, his fanbase has been able to celebrate his... Read more

Mick Jenkins, Jesse Boykins III & Noname Help Illustrate theMIND (Video)

With references to "The Rugrats," Patti Mayonnaise (of "Doug" fame), "Recess," and "Hey Arnold," Mick Jenkins' verse in "Animated Ambition" is a shoutout to '90s kids raised on Nickelodeon and ABC's "One Saturday Morning." The song is the latest from Chicago, Illinois' (by way of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) theMIND, an R&B... Read more

Jamila Woods on Messages From “Heavn” & The Creative Spirit of Chicago’s Artists

Some of the greatest artists in modern music started with careful build-ups. From Nas to Kendrick Lamar, these artists were tapped to play feature roles on others' songs. In time, they broke through with art that showed their individual gifts, visionary qualities, and ability to balance them at a full-length... Read more

Mick Jenkins’ Clever Lyricism Is Accentuated In A Marco Polo Remix (Audio Premiere)

Marco Polo is one of the Hip-Hop artists who is still bringing creativity and innovation to the remix medium. The veteran producer has provided his own spin on joints by PRhyme, Talib Kweli, and D.I.T.C. For his latest re-imagining, one-half of Double Barrel goes to the Windy City and comes... Read more

Mick Jenkins Eloquently Makes Sense Out Of His Windy City (Audio)

Mick Jenkins has been fast at work entering the new year. The Chicago, Illinois MC has been recording a lot with producer THEMpeople. Today (January 7), Mick unveiled "Grenade Theory," and pulled a pin, before exploding some profound thoughts and rhymes into the microphone. The song is a here-and-now for... Read more

These Videos Made Us Feel Like We Could Fly In 2015 (Video)

2015 might very well be remembered as the year the video took over the song in Hip-Hop. While audio platforms like SoundCloud, Spotify and Apple Music are growing in strength, high profile mixtapes decreased in number, and an increasing amount of releases were presented as videos even before the audio-only... Read more

Here Are Ambrosia For Heads’ Picks For The Best Music Videos Of 2015

2015 might very well be remembered as the year the video took over the song in Hip-Hop. While audio platforms like SoundCloud, Spotify and Apple Music are growing in strength, high profile mixtapes decreased in number, and an increasing amount of releases were presented as videos even before the audio-only... Read more

Mick Jenkins Shows There’s Nothing Like Getting Down to Pick You Up (Video)

Mick Jenkins' two-part sonic jolt "Get Up Get Down" is both throwback and contemporary. The first half of the song features Electro Funk synths that harken back to the early 80s where B-Boys and B-Girls ruled the dance floors. The second portion eases into a more contemporary trap beat. The... Read more

Mick Jenkins’ Wave[s] Continues To Hydrate Minds After The Water[s] (EP Stream)

One year to the day after The Water[s], Chicago, Illinois MC Mick Jenkins returns to the shore with The Wave[s]. The Cinematic Entertainment artist follows his acclaimed breakthrough with 29 minutes, and nine tracks. Production duties include Sacramento, California veteran Lee Bannon (Joey Bada$$, Souls Of Mischief) and Montreal, Quebec's... Read more

Mick Jenkins Gets Up and Gets Down in Reverse on a New Concept Track (Audio)

Mick Jenkins is proving to be one of the more creative voices to emerge in Hip-Hop in quite some time. The Cinematic Music Group artist (Big K.R.I.T., Joey Bada$$) rarely settles for songs with just heady lyrics and challenging beats. He typically elevates them into full blown concept tracks, often... Read more

Mick Jenkins Puts on a Lyrical Display Reserved for a Rarefied Few (Video)

Mick Jenkins is well aware of Rap concept cliche. The Chicago, Illinois MC says he was out to reach new ground in "P's & Q's." Knowing that Nas famously rewound a story with suspense, and Jay Z rigorously rocked repetition, he wanted to stand apart. Big on literary devices, the... Read more

Mick Jenkins Has Nothing But Time, But No Time For The B.S. (Audio)

Mick Jenkins seems to capture the Windy City essence so well in his music. "Time," on paper, is just a compilation track (Chicago Sight n' Sound). However, the Cinematic Entertainment MC makes a deep record that's not about how he manages his time in a thirst-stricken industry, in a violent... Read more

Mick Jenkins Releases the Explosive 11 in Response to Eric Garner’s Death (Audio)

Mick Jenkins' new song "11" is a tour de force. In little more than three minutes, he artfully, intelligently and powerfully addresses the racism that still plagues our country, the downward cycle of selling drugs, the increasing surveillance of us all by the government and corporations, our feeding into the... Read more

Stream and Download More Than 35 of the Best Mixtapes of 2014 (Mixtapes)

2014 was a year of incredibly diverse mixtape offerings. There were amazing blend projects like Yasiin Gaye which combined Mos and Marvin, beat-jacking tapes like Jon Connor's amazing takeover of Kanye West tracks, albums in disguise like Travi$ Scott's Days Before Rodeo, remix wonders like Soul Cookin's complete re-imagination of... Read more

Mick Jenkins Paints an Animated Picture for a Trippy Breakup Song (Video)

2014 has been a breakout year for Mick Jenkins. His conceptual mixtape The Water[s] delved into subject matters not often covered in Hip-Hop, such as environmental change and dealing with water shortages. He continues to showcase his creativity on "Fate," a song about an impending breakup. The soundtrack is comprised... Read more

Mick Jenkins’ New Vid Takes A Deeper Look At Violence In Chicago (Video)

Mick Jenkins' The Water[s] remains one of the strongest, most-talked about mixtapes/street albums of 2014. It's deeper than Rap with the Jazz-influenced Chicagoan. The DJ Dahi-produced "Dehydration" is a powerful, conceptual piece to The Water[s]' puzzle produces a video that unearths some of the youth, the violence, and the confusion... Read more

Mick Jenkins Looks Deep Into The Water[s], Discusses Reflection Eternal Influence (Food For Thought Interview)

As the infrastructure of Hip-Hop in Chicago, and the excess of young talented artists concocting it continues to swiftly evolve, the eccentric and unflappable twenty-three year old MC, Mick Jenkins, has recently ascended near the top of the budding movement. Initially hinting at his lyrical aptitude with the 2012 release... Read more

Reggie Bonds & Mick Jenkins Nail This Track Named Ol’ Dirty Bastard (Audio)

Listen to this collaborative effort from Milwaukee's Reggie Bonds and Chicago's Mick Jenkins. Partially dedicated to the death of Michael Brown three months later. On "Moral Monday," these two MCs talk about police "killing kids," the struggle, and just what they stand for as young Black men out to educate... Read more

Mick Jenkins & YC The Cynic Do Nothing But Keep It 100 (Audio)

Chicago's Mick Jenkins, less than a week removed from the release of his deeply conceptual mixtape, The Water[s], links up with Brooklyn based MC, YC The Cynic for the cut, "Keep It 100." Full of confidence and braggadocio, Mick and YC boast bars dedicated to spitting "the real" over smooth,... Read more

Quench Your Thirst With Mick Jenkins’ The Water[s] (Mixtape)

Influenced at a young age by the likes of Prince, Erykah Badu, Sade, and Jill Scott, the 23 year old MC Mick Jenkins displays his own developing musicality with his latest mixtape, The Water[s]. Jenkins dives deep into varied depths of production from the ambient, Trap laced "THC," to the... Read more

Mick Jenkins Releases a Powerful and Timely Video About a Water Shortage (Video)

The theme of Mick Jenkins upcoming project, The Water(s), is fully flushed out in the Chicago raised MC's cinematic visuals to his cut, "Jazz." Quenching the thirst of the people with his commanding voice, light, dreamlike production sets the scene for Mick to spit his story as a few local... Read more

Mick Jenkins – Cross Roads FT Chance The Rapper & Vic Mensa

Chicago is having one helluva year for music. This is a pensive track from rising star Mick Jenkins, featuring the scorching-hot Chance The Rapper, and another artist we're into here at A4H, Vic Mensa. Related:... Read more