Off his forthcoming album, which is scheduled for a fall release, producer oddCouple has released his brand new single. Recruiting the talents of two of the Midwest best emerging MCs, Chicago’s Mick Jenkins and Milwaukee’s WebsterX, oddCouple’s new record ‘Blinded’ is a must listen.
‘Blinded’ is just the first record off oddCouple’s forthcoming LP, and if it’s a good indication of what’s to come, then he has quite the project in the works.
Half of the Chicago rap duo, Leather Corduroys, who released one of our favorite mixtapes in Season last year, Joey Purp has released his new solo project. Titled, iiiDrops, the SAVEMONEY artist’s tape has features from Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, Mick Jenkins, Saba and more. Don’t look past the solo tracks on iiiDrops though, as Purp delivers with stand out tracks like ‘Morning Sex’ and ‘Say You Do’. Upon first listen, everything from the production, features, and of course Purp’s verses are fire.
Chicago’s own, Owen Bones, has recruited an all-star cast of emerging rappers for his new record ‘Stuntman’. With Kevin Abstract and fellow Windy City native Mick Jenkins and a fire beat, the 21-year-old DJ/producer’s new track is an addictive banger. You can find the new record on Bones’ new 3-track EP, Surrender!, which can be heard now on Bandcamp. You definitely don’t want to sleep on this awesome collaboration.
Chicago is very likely the main contributor to Hip-hop’s come-up scene over the last few years. Chief Keef, Vic Mensa, Chance The Rapper, Fredo Santana, Saba, Lucki Eck$ and Mick Jenkins are all incredibly diverse and unique artists that all call the windy city home. While a good portion of the artists I previously mentioned have since established a solid footing in the music industry accompanied by huge fanbases, a few are still on that come-up grind. One of these such artists is the aquaman, Mick Jenkins. He has been putting music out periodically since early 2012 but 2014 is when the stars aligned and his fourth mixtape, The Water[s], propelled him to heights above many of his peers.
That mixtape was as much a literary accomplishment as it was a musical achievement to Jenkins. Rooted in extremely deep poetry, his style is saturated with ambiguous bars that take a heaping of time and effort to fully appreciate. It isn’t that his music is particularly vague, not at all actually; it simple possesses the ability to be interpreted in any number of ways. Having crafted a beautifully somber and intellectual project, it was assumed that he would either continue down a similar path or take a new approach. With his new fifth project, he definitely took the latter of the two options.
Wave[s] opens with familiarity thanks to its ethereal instrumental but it quickly showcases a new vocal sound from Jenkins. It sounds as though he is more awake and sharper than his last outing. As reality would have it, he even stated in interviews that he wanted to tone down the intricacies of thought, worked tirelessly into his last project and wanted to focus more on having a good time and just trying things out. The hooks, which are a new-found point of interest to Jenkins seem to come almost naturally. While not something you would hear charting on the radio, a few of the songs reach this cusp of mainstream appeal. The track ‘Your Love’ is reminiscent of so many hayday radio artists like Timbaland, Drake, Pharrell yet far enough away experimentally to set it apart. The drums accentuate the incredibly catchy hook and the backing drowned-out vocals make it memorable.
None of the instrumentals stray far from experimental. They are chalked full of high-pitched synths, jazzy elements and well placed hi-hats all combining to sound something like a space-age hip hop album. There aren’t many projects like this, in the sense that you are unable to figure out a specific sound approach. Every song strikes its brush in a new palette of sounds for your ears. There is undeniable similarity between this and his last water-rooted project, but liveliness is a lot more thematic here.
The Water[s] had Jenkins addressing the faults of the stereotypical rapper lifestyle like empty relationships with women, and a debtless credit card. This time he sounds less concerned with taking a position on too many issues and more so embraces the options. He talks about heartbreak on ‘40 Below’ as though it is something expected yet it seems to show up out of nowhere. His new project is also a lot less existential as Mick has already affirmed his place in the rap game. It often sounds like he is using the water to reflect in the lake that is his life all while looking ahead. He is unapologetic as he illustrates,
“Quantum leaps ahead of my peers, they not even in my peripherals.”
Jenkins has always had an ear-catching way of stacking syllables and building verses. This project is no exception. He packs a staggering amount of words into a majority of his bars and seemingly skips on punctuation as his lines meld together into steady streams of consciousness.
After his previous works, it seemed like we had Jenkins largely figured out, but this project shows him in a whole new light and appealing to listeners in a whole new way. It is fun, engaging and easily his catchiest stuff yet. He is enjoying himself, his music and the life around him. It is still music full of thought and social relevance but things are left at being discussed as aspects of life, rather than things that need changing; and really, isn’t that the epitome of enjoying life?
Earlier this year, Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins announced his new project Wave[s], while also sharing its first track, ‘Get up Get Down’. Now the 9-track EP is officially available for pre-order on iTunes, and fans can check out it’s official artwork and what they can expect with its tracklist. Featured on this project will be Saba, Sean Deaux and The Mind, and while it’s only an EP, 9 tracks is about as long as most album these days, so for $8.99 this project is a steal!
Check out the tracklist and artwork for Wave[s] below.
North America get ready to drink more water this summer into the fall, as Chicago’s Mick Jenkins just released the tour dates for his upcoming North American tour. The tour, with support from STWO, will kick off in Indianapolis on August, 29th and will stretch into early October with stops in New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Canada and many more. His hometown fans can also catch him at Lollapalooza this year.
Check out the tour date’s for Mick’s North American tour below.
One of our favorite things about Lollapalooza is its aftershows. The aftershows not only allow fans who weren’t able to score wristbands to the actual festival to also see some great sets, but it showcases the beautiful intimate local venues (Aragon, The Mid, The Riviera and more) of our nation’s Second City, Chicago. This year’s Lollapalooza Aftershows are just as great as ever, with a number of performances that we recommend catching. Performing official Lollapalooza Aftershows this year are Alesso, Tove Lo, Gary Clark Jr., The War on Drugs, Glass Animals, alt-J, SZA, Mick Jenkins, Marina and the Diamonds, Logic and many more!
This weekend, a bunch of artists rocked the stage at Madison’s Revelry Music and Arts Festival. The packed University of Wisconsin crowd saw performances from Chance The Rapper and The Social Experiment, Mick Jenkins, AlunaGeorge, Until The Ribbon Breaks, The Chainsmokers, Nick Hakim, LordPrez, and many more! And not only did we capture some great shots from the festival, our photographer Dan Garcia got some great footage as well.
A few years ago Madison’s Revelry Music and Arts Festival booked Chance The Rapper for a small performance, and for a crowd of less than a couple hundred. A lot has changed since then, and the numbers showed last night. Performing a headlining set for the University of Wisconsin crowd, Chance The Rapper and The Social Experiment shut down Mad-Town with a number of his Acid Rap hits, along with his new music as well, and this time for a crowd of thousands!
Chano wasn’t the only one to hit the Revelry stage though. This year, fans saw great performances from Chicago’s Mick Jenkins, AlunaGeorge (‘You Know You Like It’), Until The Ribbon Breaks, The Chainsmokers, Nick Hakim, LordPrez, and many more! If you weren’t there this year, you definitely missed out and you won’t want to skip next year, as the festival will only continue to grow.
After announcing its initial group of artists (which includes a headlining performance from Chicago’s Chance The Rapper), the University of Wisconsin’s Revelry Music and Arts Festival has now revealed its full 2015 lineup. This year the festival, which takes place on UW’s campus on May 2nd (the same day as Madison’s infamous Mifflin Block Party), will feature performances from The Chainsmokers, Mick Jenkins, Alunageorge, Until the Ribbon Breaks, Nick Hakim, and more! 22 artists… 10 hours… 3 stages.
Check out the lineup poster and set times below and get your tickets now!