Mick Jenkins | The Healing Component | Review
With the abundance of Rap music being flooded into everyone of our playlists, it’s sometimes becomes difficult to separate the good from the bad when it comes to hip-hop. And in particular hip hope with a message of substance, which is the space I’d like to put Mick Jenkins in.
The 25 Yr. old Chicago rapper has come from relatively nowhere to one of the most promising wave of new hip hop artists in just a little over 2years.
Coming off the back of two very well received mixed tapes, his debut album: The Healing Component, supersedes the mixtapes as a cohesive body of work, with the continuous theme of love carried all the way through.
The album contains interludes or conversations with his sister around the issues of what is love, in all its different forms, and I found it really fulfilling listening to a Rapper who takes on social commentary, self reflection and an overall willingness to find something to connect.
With hard hitting raps, to melancholic wordplays and harmonies over beats contributed by producers such as THEMpeople, Sango, Kaytranada and Bad Bad not good, the healing component is an album for “listeners of hip hop” with a conscious message. So not just another “turn up, life is a party extension of the fantasy” Jenkins Metaphors of water as truth and knowledge still run common in the album as per he’s previous body’s of works, while taking on issues of police brutality, relationships, and personal well being.
Stand out tracks are definitely Daniels Bloom, Drowning and the first single Spread love. If you are a fan of Hip Hop, this is a must listen, and a welcome break from the radio friendly rap/pop we are usually fed.
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Get the album on itunes.