Pieces of a Man

Mick Jenkins - Pieces of a Man
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2018 Ratings: #277 / 794
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Based on 196 ratings
2018 Ratings: #360
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October 26, 2018 / Release Date
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Pieces of A Man feels resoundingly fresh and against the grain. It’s more charismatic than what’s considered conscious rap, yet more straightforward and streamlined than the usually top-heavy conscious ideas we get today from our paragons.


With Pieces of a Man, Jenkins is surely having his own Frank Ocean-esque moment — he’s expressing himself on his own terms with poignant lyricism and nuance.

Northern Transmissions

Jenkins delivers consistently strong rhymes on this album, while using the extended track list for some more ambient tracks.


Borrowing a title and sometimes a tone from Gil Scott-Heron, the Chicago rapper explores religion, consensual sex, and himself.

Consequence of Sound

There is always so much to unpack on each project Mick Jenkins drops. From his alliterative rhyme patterns to his wonderfully woven metaphors and his thought-provoking words, Jenkins finds creative ways to keep the audience glued to his music.


Sure, it would've been nice for Jenkins to offer even more such insightful commentary on this LP, rather than devoting the bulk of his lyrics to braggadocio. But this creative, star-studded album nevertheless showcases Jenkins' potential to fill the late Scott-Heron's shoes as a rap poet laureate.

Rolling Stone

The elusive Chicago MC’s latest could use some musical tightening but his neurosis remains compelling.

Been bumping Water[s] since day 1, and I'm glad to announce he stays consistent and delivers BIG time on this one. The album is named after and heavily inspired by Gil Scott Heron's LP of the same name, and paid homage to wonderfully with subtle production flourishes of late-70's soul & jazz, many allusions to said classic (Heron flow, etc.), and some of the more streamlined and lyrically rich songwriting of his career.
I hydrated all week in anticipation for this.
one of my fav jazz rap albums of 2018 and a top 10 2018 hh album in my list. Mick's lyricism combined with Kaytranada's jazzy abstract production makes this project a special treat. Massive improvement from The Healing Component (although i really liked that album too)

Best Tracks: Understood, Gwendolynn's Apprehension, Padded Locks, Pull Up, Reginald, Consensual Seduction, Stress Fracture, Ghost

Worst Tracks: Grace & Mercy
Jenkins's newest album mesmerizes with it's jazzy atmosphere and boldness. The project has strong links to concepts, exploring, anger, healing and thoughtfulness, but mostly, it has identity. The tracks are smooth and there are no pauses in them, just constantly flowing. The album emits emotion and paints a picture of a man looking to get more out of the world than what it's currently is.

Edit: grew off me a bit, still great tho
Og score:80
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Track List

  1. Heron Flow (feat. Julien Bell)
  2. Stress Fracture (feat. Mikahl Anthony)
  3. Gwendolynn's Apprehension
  4. Soft Porn
  5. Grace & Mercy
  6. Barcelona
  7. Percy Interlude
  8. Reginald (feat. Ben Hixon)
  9. Padded Locks (feat. Ghostface Killah)
  10. Ghost
  11. Heron Flow 2
  12. Plain Clothes
  13. Pull Up
  14. Consensual Seduction (feat. Corinne Bailey Rae)
  15. U Turn
  16. Understood
  17. Smoking Song (feat. BadBadNotGood)
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Added on: September 27, 2018