Back in June, we established Mick Jenkins as an up and coming rapper to look out for. With the release of his sophomore album, Wave[s], Jenkins truly presents himself as one of Chicago’s best artists.
Wave[s] is the follow up to his 2014 banger, The Water[s]. On this new tape, he brings back some of his old flow, but also puts forth a lot of new vibes. It seems as though Mick has learned from the successes of The Waters, and has expanded upon his old beats. The first song, Alchemy, sounds like it is straight out of the first album, with Mick once again pushing his motto of “Drink more water.” Beside that, Wave[s] also shows a side of Mick we only got glimpses of in The Water[s]. There’s a lot more singing in this album, and he is able to accurately combine both the rapping and singing. This is definitely shown in the runaway hits, “Get Up Get Down” and “Your Love”.
The thing that stands out with Mick Jenkins are his lyrics. The way Mick crafts his rap makes him a real competitor in the game. If you enjoyed the poetry of The Water[s], Mick is still a master of lyricism. He plans out every single word and produces some very interesting messages in his music. The features by Saba and Sean Dea also really stand out in the song “Slumber”.
Most of this shit is really perception, it’s no perspective / Most of my niggas is the exception, the water keep us reflective / Thats why I gotta repeat it, pearls of wisdom repeated
Altogether, Mick Jenkins has once again released another great project. Every song is based on experience and this tape is the perfect follow up to the The Water[s]. He shifts from those toned, deep vibes and shows off his other abilities, establishing a more jazzy and upbeat sound.
8/10 Notable Tracks: Get Up Get Down, Your Love, Ps and Qs