Laneway Singapore 2017MICK JENKINS

Swift, socially conscious lyricism and no-BS delivery are the hallmarks of MC and poet MICK JENKINS. Born in Huntsville, Alabama and raised on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, Jenkins is a member of Free Nation, a hip-hop group that promotes creative thought without accepting narrow views imposed by the powers that be.

In the spring 2013, Mick released a mixtape entitled, Trees and Truths, that quickly became a local favorite, buoyed by acid jazz-influenced production, biblical allegory and lacerating lyricism. The project was by far his most lyrical body of work and caught the attention of Chicago’s incipient gatekeepers. A few months after its release, a collaboration with Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa came in the form of a single entitled “Crossroads”, which was a summer hit. Other collaborations include Joey Bada$$, breakout star of rap collective Pro Era, and producer Kaytranada.

Following two outstanding mixtapes in 2014 and 2015, The Water[s] and Wave[s] respectively, his debut full-length [T]he [H]ealing [C]omponent was released on 23 September 2016.