Mick Jenkins - Wave[s]
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Based on 103 ratings
2015 Ratings: #405
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August 21, 2015 / Release Date
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Cinematic Music Group / Label
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Consequence of Sound

An important part of growing is having strong roots, and on Wave[s], Jenkins takes note of where he’s been, both personally and sonically, in order to bear new fruit.


There’s a lot to unpack in just half an hour of Wave(s) and this rising talent doesn’t plan to make it any easier as he learns to hone hooks.


Wave[s] is a clear indication that Jenkins is expanding his sound and stepping away from expectation as he prepares his debut album.


Mick uses Wave[s] to show his growth, versatility and risk-taking fearlessness. And although it doesn’t pan out on every track, the cohesive work allows the listener to feel that they’ve plunged into the depths of Mick’s mind and come out with a soaked sense of clarity.


Wave[s] is a sly sidestep, an exploration of possibility from an artist whose overriding purpose had previously eliminated that opportunity.

The EP's nine tracks clock in at under half an hour, giving Jenkins time to touch several bases while leaving room for more in-depth exploration on larger-scale future releases.
Tiny Mix Tapes

Even if it doesn’t do much to advance Jenkins’s captivating line in brain-hop, it solidifies his reputation as one of the most intriguing Wise Guy critics of the “thug life” still branding far too many rappers today.


On Wave[s], Mick Jenkins, whether consciously or otherwise, created a polished body of work with radio-ready potential. 


If The Water[s] helped us excavate the depths of Mick Jenkins’ mind, Wave[s] is the result of coming up for air. The fierce lyricism isn’t gone it just comes in waves. The food for thought isn’t gone it just comes in waves.

Mick represents a certainty when it comes to witty lyrics and what Chicago is well-known for that is outstanding jazzy or gospel/soul sounding instrumentals. I love how he manages to be sentimental with upbeat music like in 40 Below.
Mick Jenkins goes for a more upbeat, more radio-friendly sound than his previous mixtape. While he doesn't sellout on this EP, this project overall doesn't reach some of the heights that The Water[s] reached. Still, this project oozes with positive vibes and contains some high quality tracks like "Alchemy," "Get Up Get Down," and "P's & Q's."
a total left turn for Mick Jenkins. What is this project? Suffice it to say, its a preview of the vibes to come and a display of potential.
Wave[s] :

Alchemy (10/10)
The production is soo good and Mick spits some real shit on the opener.

Slumber (7/10)
I don't like the beat too much but Mick's flow throughout this song is godly.

Get Up Get Down (8/10)
Very nice production. Lyric's and delivery is on point.

Your Love (8/10)
Hook is very catchy. Kaytranada with some up beat production.

Piano (7/10)
Too short.

The Giver (7/10)
Don't like the hook too much. But it's cool.

40 Below (8/10)
The beat is soo nice. Mick flows like a ... read more
Mick has a much different style on this EP than his last effort, but I think he does a pretty great job here. There are some really nice instrumentals and wherever Mick raps, it's top notch. His singing is pretty good as well, although he does have some weak moments, overall this is a pretty great EP. Best tracks- Alchemy, 40 Below, P's & Q's, and Perception.
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Track List

  1. Alchemy [prod. by Lee Bannon & ThemPeople]
  2. Slumber [ft. Saba & Sean Deaux] [prod. by Thempeople]
  3. Get Up [prod. by Stefan Ponce & Thempeople]
  4. Your Love [prod. by Kaytranada]
  5. Piano [prod. by Thempeople]
  6. The Giver [prod. by Thempeople]
  7. 40 Below [prod. by Thempeople]
  8. P’s & Q’s [prod. by Kaytranada]
  9. Perception [ft. The Mind] [prod. by Mulatto & Thempeople]
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Added on: July 21, 2015