The Circus

Mick Jenkins - The Circus
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
User Score
Based on 369 ratings
2020 Ratings: #588
Liked by 3 people
January 10, 2020 / Release Date
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Free Nation, Cinematic / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Clash

If 'The Circus' is just a prelude, then old and new fans alike are up for a special treat.

80
Exclaim!

He has picked up the promising pieces from his last release, putting together a distinctive and more ambitious sound.

80
NME

After the huge success of 'Pieces Of A Man', alternative hip-hop hero Mick Jenkins takes it easy with a breezy, small-but-perfectly-formed EP.

78
HipHopDX

Despite some shortcomings, The Circus is an overall creative win and a nice precursor for his next album.

67
Pitchfork

While this feels like minor release—a “prelude to my forthcoming album,” the rapper has called it—Jenkins proves that even his strayest thoughts are worth sharing.

hiphopcritiques
70
Underwhelming But Good.

So yeah, this was good. I enjoyed the vibe of the chill soothing tracks Mick brought to the table. But on the other hand there were a few tracks that were kinda average. Not bad at all but just kinda boring. The way he rides the beat on some of these tracks though is crazy. Mick is someone I should look out for more. When I tell you I was sleeping on this dude. I was SLEEPING on this dude.

Best Tracks: Same Ol, Carefree*, The Light, Different Scales
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Plats
63
I really like the first few tracks and the EP has lots of cool lo-fi beats. I also really like the flow he brings. Quality-wise, though, "The Circus" does fall pretty short after those first few tracks and the length of the overall project does come off as underwhelming.

Fav Tracks: Carefree, The Light, Same Ol

Least Fav Track: Flaunt

Score:
6.3
Fine
Starr
50
This is the guy that made the Waters? It dosen't feel like him.

This feels so dry both production and content wise to me. Everything feels just so mid on this project and it is legitimately impressive that a guy with so much talent can put out something this flavorless. Also, there are some songs on this project in which he sounds almost eerily like IDK to me and Mick seems to match that feeling with the same lifeless and boring delivery IDK enthused his record with just last year.

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AZIZ
68
Mick has literally gotten progressively more complacent with every subsequent release, instead of breaking new ground he seems to continue to ride the wave of his debut project The Waters. While I do like quite a bit of this tape, a part of me can't help but want more.
Aoaystheory
79
Album of the Week : 1-13-20

Short but sweet, other than a few production issues its a pretty solid release. Jenkins has good flow and the beats are nice.
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Track List

  1. Same Ol
  2. Carefree
  3. The Light (feat. EARTHGANG)
  4. Flaunt
  5. The Fit
  6. I'm Convinced
  7. Different Scales
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Added on: January 3, 2020