Mick Jenkins – The Artful Dodger (prod. by Kaytranada & THEMpeople)

Chicago’s son Mick Jenkins regularly delivers us from a wave of mediocrity with releases that distance him from about 98% of music makers today. He seems to be so profoundly in tune with the blend of his voice, message, and production that you could put all of his tracks into a novel and it would read as an unwavering anthem for the betterment of your mind, spirit, and health. With the help of Montreal’s Kaytranada and Chicago’s THEMpeople, whom Mick Jenkins regularly collaborates with, we are lead through a masterful presentation of sound and rhythm that is full of life. Jenkins also nods at Kanye West with lines like “Mercy, Mercy me that Murcielago” and “I’m really just a southside nigga with a Nas flow” paying tribute to one of the greatest to come from this city. Mick Jenkins rarely upsets and with the help of Kaytranada and THEMpeople, he shows us once more why Chicago’s rap scene is nothing to take lightly.

 

Mick Jenkins – The Artful Dodger

Kaytranada – Drive Me Crazy (Feat. Vic Mensa)

Historically, there are few rappers I like more than Chicago’s Vic Mensa, and there are few producers I like more than Montreal’s Kaytranada. ¬†Though the two have tempted us before in 2014 with “Wimme Nah,” they’re back together again for a new single called “Drive Me Crazy.” If I could be back in London for their show in March, I would be, but until then, I guess this song will have to do. ¬†Stream above. Cheers.