The Circus

Mick Jenkins - The Circus
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Based on 5 reviews
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Based on 227 ratings
2020 Ratings: #26
January 10, 2020 / Release Date
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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.

KengojiUltamYT
49
lo-fi beats to relax/study to featuring Mick Jenkins. Sorry yall but the EARTHGANG track sucks ass.
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.
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
Worst Track: ... read more
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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JeremiahMurphy
67
The first half of this mini EP i found to be what Mick always delivers with. Great sorrowful beats that do nothing short of fill the room with a great atmosphere. To me Mick really slowed down on the 2nd half of this record & Although it did have good moments on it all around i found this EP to just fall short at times for me. I think there are some tracks that I will replay 100% but some of this EP is pretty plain and forgettable for me. Still a strong first 3 tho and a alright rest.
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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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