AOTY 2018

Pieces of a Man

Mick Jenkins - Pieces of a Man
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2018 Ratings: #245 / 705
User Score
Based on 90 ratings
2018 Ratings: #105
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.
"Understood" has Mick sounding the best I've ever heard him, sonically living within the realm of his latest two mixtapes which seem to imply a clear stylistic vision for the upcoming album AND he didn't even mention the word 'water'.

Hopefully Jenkins can also avoid the trap-card of using ep or in this case mixtape singles in his new album, its become the worst new habit of musicians, here's to hoping that this album is Jenkins missing "piece" and saves October from ... read more
Never been much of a Mick Jenkins fan, but I do think this new record is his best offering to date. A lot of the issues I’ve took with his past works have been majorly improved here. The biggest examples the melodies. Mick Jenkins has an incredible hook-writing ability that he has rarely showcased up until this point. He still brings his rhymes, but relies on features a lot less. I still think he runs into trouble when he crams too many syllables into a bar (The Nas Effect), but not as ... read more
Pieces of a Man is a solid sophomore album but it has some obvious problems

Best Tracks:Heron Flow,Soft Porn,Barcelona,Padded Locks,Ghost,U Turn,Understood,Smoking Song

Worst Track:Pull Up
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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)

Added on: September 27, 2018