I scream about it until I change it And still I wonder am I breaking through at all? What's so hard about the naked truth? Northern Transmissions is a Music website that features interviews from musicians and bands we love. In an interview with The Daily Californian, Jenkins parsed the concept of his album. We can do the wait if you can't more than whisper I mean I'll be the yin to your yang Uhh! Tracklist Of Pieces Of A Man by Mick Jenkins. I hope to start discussions much like the one we will record for this album. No, Mick comes out the gate referencing Game of Thrones, No Limit, and Eddie Murphy. For Jenkins, those pieces include religion, love, manhood and consent. And we make one thing, one experience, one moment be all somebody could ever be.
Literally a collection of songs that speaks to; generally, black manhood and the realities of existing in certain spaces. There are dynamic sounds, verses, and moments, but the album, by nature, keeps a consistent groove. Now, on the eve of his releasing his second full-length album, the contemplative and typically forthright Pieces of a Man, which takes its name from the 1971 Gil Scott-Heron classic, Jenkins admits much of that hype has subsided. This is an ability that Jenkins believes not every person has. As they developed the lyrics and verses, they worked through each song, carefully embedding the inspiration and the underlying story throughout. And so I had to get that shit together.
For one, the album is concise; though nearing an hour, the density never feels cumbersome, unfolding in an organic fashion. During the live show, these words fittingly become the official call and response, which further exemplify his resonating purpose. On an album where the tone is set by the author's voice, the atmosphere often changes based on Jenkins' approach. His sensibilities equal that of a poet, employing linguistic acrobatics over freeform, jazz-inspired production. The 17-track album, Jenkins notes, is him zooming out on the world, assessing its ills and falsehoods, and then pointing the lens back on himself. It features a drowsy hook and melancholy vibes on the instrumental, however, you also get an assertive version of Mick Jenkins that ambushes his way to the finish line utilizing an unflappable flow and powerful vocals. He hasn't completely mastered the art of the memorable hook, but there isn't a verse that isn't filled with enthralling lyricism.
The underground musician continues to blend jazzy vibes with rap ones masterfully, effortlessly plugging in poetic lines into his bars that gangstas of all forms can appreciate. Mick Jenkins — Smoking Song feat. He leans into layers of jazz, giving his musings a quiet yet heavy gravity. A surface-level listen, while enjoyable, merely scratches the surface of what Jenkins has provided. I can cut the tension in the room with a butter knife oooh, ahhh Say it out loud! The new song was produced by. Despite their lack of mainstream recognition, Noname and Saba drew plenty of attention for masterful releases in 2018 that spanned genres from jazz to house to spoken word, with Smino and Mick seemingly waiting in the wings for their respective opportunities to meet or clear the bar set by their tightly knit band of Chicago Renaissance rap compatriots.
From our day-to-day interactions with the people we care about, we might be able to gather a sense of who they are, Jenkins reasoned, but we can never know all the pieces that make someone whole. What he displayed as a lyricist and conceptual album constructor across both projects placed the Chicago wordsmith in the company of his city's brightest rising stars: Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, Saba, and Noname. Spare your preconceived notions of pretension. Ever since his appearance on the burgeoning blog scene with his debut, Mickstape, Jenkins has used a soul-shot, freeform flow to explore spirituality and social awareness, along with poetic associates , , , and , like a modern-day Harlem Rennaissance, but in the Midwest. The project is neither bright nor bleak, but a dimmed room with blue light bulbs. He also gets a chance to understand where his lovely lady is coming from when it comes to looking for love, at times toying with her feelings.
He can spit bars as ferocious as anyone else in the game, but is intent on instilling wisdom and complicated deliveries into the grand scheme of his music. Therein lies his greatest weapon. Feelings My heart's getting cold Iceberg, ice cold A piece of me to you is getting it Harder It's been in my experience that whenever you show yourself For real, for real, you know Motherfuckers like to take advantage, standing there naked you panic When vantage points don't get expanded They offer you anecdotes based on the man that you were More than the man that you plan to be I go right back to the cannabis It's harder to change the intangibles But I know I didn't get this way randomly Handing me cards that were played in advance So while I poke her face, she stare grinning handsomely Six hands ahead of me, it had to be Clean up my school, and janitor habits he gladly see But there's just some things that I never speak There's some things that You can catch me But you can't catch me that's the thing On the wave no jet ski Ice cold, no Gretsky I don't got time to figure out how I feel, for real I don't got a mind to figure out the fake and the real At all I don't got dollars to deepen my pockets Still got dimes, they nipping at the back of my heels Cause I look good Look good I dress good Look good, dress good Smoke good Smoke good I stress a lot Stress a lot Who do I run to? But on a thematic level, it digs deeper than the here and now, the bus stop in front of him, the string of tour dates looming ahead. Should you find yourself interested in digging a little deeper, rest assured that Pieces Of A Man will provide plenty of content to digest. Jenkins delivers consistently strong rhymes on this album, while using the extended track list for some more ambient tracks. And it's Marco Polo until I'm on your wave Fingers stray, try to handle her, she say oh behave I oblige, never have to Obi-Wan Never have to force facts, the vibe in the room is as thick as a short stack Still I don't make a move until shorty endorse that Only portions until she's releasing endorphins I need you speaking in case I get to tweaking and just seeing distortions My breath start to shorten, I caution my court And your instruction important to Say it out loud! I confess to liking Duran Duran and the Bee gees in my youth.
When the term is used within the realm of gaming, it generally speaks to a combination of overall length and post-game content. Unconcerned with chasing modern trends, he remains confident in his own vision, curating his projects with instrumentals of his choosing. With Pieces Of A Man, not only does Mick meet those expectations, he resets the bar for stream-of-consciousness, expressive turns of phrase and sensitive, erudite self-examination. He also began taking the business side of his career more seriously. Jenkins matches this energy and delivers a surprisingly appropriate and slowly blown out synth track to ramp things up. Dine Downtown Restaurant Week, presented by Kaiser Permanente is back! Mick Jenkins — Ghost 11.
For every day and every studio session, Jenkins and his production team tried to ask themselves: How do we grasp what makes an individual whole? While he refrains from taking too much credit for the lessons he is learning himself, his keen ability to share his reflections will continue to reward both him and his listeners. Mick Jenkins — Consensual Seduction feat. The album was not as heralded as his mixtapes but beloved by fans nonetheless. Mick Jenkins — Barcelona 07. In truth, there is a tradeoff to be made. Don't let me find out that they don't draw one at all I spit the naked truth I'm drawing it raw I speak on it all, not peaking at all No valleys in sight, I rally to fight For the naked truth Track Name: Grace and Mercy Uh! Mick Jenkins — Plain Clothes 13.