Mick Jenkins first hit my radar with the release of his phenomenal mixtape The Waters, which showcased a brilliant young lyricist capable of being both socially astute and undeniably clever. As his discography grew, Mick quietly developed into one of Chicago’s most profound rappers, despite never quite reaching the commercial success of some of his peers. Despite that, you can always count on Mick Jenkins to deliver quality material, and his latest track “A Layover” is no exception.
It’s been a minute since Mick delivered a new project, though he did come through with a few loosies in the interim – “Margarine” with Ottawa’s Training Season and the Multatto Beats produced “Guilty Automatic” were his most recent drops. On “A Layover,” Mick continues where both tracks left off, going in over some dark, hazy production courtesy of THEMPeople; RZA’s aesthetic with Dilla’s bounce. While Mick has dabbled in a more soulful sound in the past, there is something about his baritone voice and imposing presence that acquaints itself well over a more ominous sound. I hope his recent sonic choices continue when it comes time to hop in the booth for his upcoming album.
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