Elephant In the Room

Mick Jenkins - Elephant In the Room
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Based on 5 reviews
2021 Ratings: #203 / 699
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Based on 154 ratings
2021 Ratings: #375
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Mick didn't make this album for the RapCaviar playlists, nor for the faint-hearted. The album sounds like a snapshot of a man who's seen too much, but also a man who strives for much more out of life.

Under The Radar

That boastful artist we saw nearly a decade ago, hyper-focused on his own performative abilities, has been replaced with a more cognizant one. This project not only shows the latest iteration of a highly skilled lyricist, but the journey it took to get there.

The fiercely ambitious Chicago rapper turns in a scattered, familiar collection, ditching the epic scope of his past releases and sticking to what works.

Elephant In The Room is a project of acceptance, allowing Jenkins to go back to what works, without feeling stuck creatively. It’s still convoluted and hard to understand, but it’s the music he wants to make and delivered in a bit more of a palatable way.


"Real Eyes realize real lies?" WOAH Good Bar, Mick; that line blew my mind when I first heard it when I was 11. What is he a cruise ship magician or a boardwalk fortune teller?


Jazzy lofi hip hop beats to eat at Portillo's to. A lot of the production has a sort of trippy, drunk swing to them, a lot of smooth vibes for Mick to slide on like butter. This reminds me of J Cole's style, but Mick is more humbled, less pressured to comment on bigger picture stuff. Helps make the music more relatable and understandable, coming from an MC who's more then half a decade removed from his biggest impact on rap's pavement. A lot of people shit on the 'music that's good to put on ... read more


Mick flexes his lyrical range and muscle like never before, his elegance and calmness on the mic affords him the luxury to glide through any concept, no matter how abstract or conscious and successfully sway you. Most of these instrumentals could serve as soundtracks to late Sunday drives across town to visit your aunt for dinner, as wholesome as they come. The LP's redundant nature is a pity, this had so much potential. If he'd crafted something more substantial and memorable, Elephant In the ... read more


Mick Jenkins is a lyrical genius and I really liked how he approached this album as a whole.


9/12. Fav Tracks: The Valley of the Shadow of Death; Things You Could Die For If Doing While Black; Contacts; Truffles; Is, This Cigarettes


This is my first introduction to Mick Jenkins, although I've been meaning to listen to his 2014 mixtape 'The Water(s)' for a while. I really like the smooth, vibe-y production but I appreciate the effort to make these tracks more catchy and accessible to break up any monotony. Serpentwithfeet sounds really good on here as well, adding to the sinister vibe of standout 'Scottie Pippen'.

Favourite Tracks: The Valley Of The Shadow Of Death, Things You Could Die For If Doing While Black, Contacts, ... read more

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Added on: October 8, 2021