Jenkins performing in August 2017, at Osheaga in Montreal.
|Jayson Mick Jenkins|
|Born||April 16, 1991|
Huntsville, Alabama, U.S.
|Origin||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|Rapper, record producer|
Jayson Mick Jenkins (born April 16, 1991) is an American hip hop recording artist. Based in Chicago, he is signed to Cinematic Music Group. His debut album, The Healing Component, was released on September 23, 2016, followed by Pieces of a Man on October 26, 2018.
Jenkins was born in Huntsville, Alabama. Following his parents' divorce, he moved to Chicago with his mother and sister when he was 10 years old. As a child, Jenkins was heavily influenced by his parents' musical preferences. His mother listened to Neo-soul, while his father enjoyed contemporary black gospel music. When Jenkins was just 17 years old, he began going to open-mic events at Young Chicago Authors, which engages young writers. Mick Jenkins attended Hirsch Metropolitan High, where he began participating in mock trials for the school's law academy in 2008. Following this opportunity, he went on to become a courthouse intern at the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago. Jenkins ended his law studies in 2009, when he became an intern at Sir & Madame, a clothing store, and briefly became an aspiring fashion mogul. Later in 2009, he returned to Huntsville to attend Oakwood University, and later served 34 days for a misdemeanour charge. Oakwood is a private college that is affiliated with the Seventh Day Adventist Church. In Jenkins's sophomore year at the school, he entered a rap competition, where the prize was a pair of Beats By Dre headphones. Jenkins did not win the competition, but states that it led him to discover a passion in making music. Jenkins ultimately dropped out of Oakwood after his father lost his job at the school, meaning tuition was no longer affordable. Jenkins claims to have dropped five mixtapes while in college, though he later disregarded them and removed them from interest access. The Mickstape and The Pursuit of HappyNess: The Story of MickalasCage, however, are still available. In 2012, Jenkins plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge for possession of marijuana and a BAC(Blood Alcohol Content) of .05 while driving. He consequently served 34 days in jail in Alabama, before returning to Chicago to focus on music.
On January 13, 2012, Jenkins released his first official mixtape, The Mickstape, followed by The Pursuit of HappyNess: The Story of Mickalascage in August 2012. These consecutive mixtapes included involvement from several record producers, such as After the Smoke, Swisha House, Chris Calor, Quincy Banks, Chuck Inglish, Vanilla, and Dijon, among others. During 2012, Jenkins returned to Chicago and joined the YCA (Young Chicago Authors), poetry collective, where he performed his first a cappella verse. This resulted in attention from local recording artist, and a leader of Chicago's Pivot Gang collective, Saba. The two then collaborated on a track, called Heaux, which was featured on Saba's mixtape GETCOMFORTable (2012).
Jenkins also became a member of a hip-hop group, called Free Nation. Other members include Prop, J-Stock, Burman, and Maine The Saint. Free Nation is "a hip hop group that promotes creative thought without accepting narrow views imposed by the powers that be".
In April 2013, Jenkins released his Trees & Truths mixtape. The tape quickly became a local favorite, featuring acid jazz-influenced production, biblical allegory, and his lacerating lyricism. Only few months after its release, a collaboration between him and fellow Chicago rappers Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa came in the form of the single Crossroads, which garnered both attention and praise.
In July 2014, Jenkins received significant attention after the release of his single and a visual of Martyrs, which juxtaposed insight on harsh societal truths with a catchy hook. The thought-provoking single held messages on gun violence, the fight between his conscience and new-found success, and his turbulent childhood in Chicago.Martyrs led prominent figures in the hip-hop community such as Timbaland, to reach out and praise Jenkins for his musical talent and intricate lyricism. On August 12, Jenkins released his project, The Water[s], to critical acclaim. Considered by many to be Jenkins' breakout project, The Water[s] is centered on the idea of comparing water to life's truths. Shortly after releasing the project, Jenkins announced he would be touring during the fall on the 2014 Smoker's Club World Wide Roller's Tour alongside Method Man, Redman, B-Real, Trademark da Skydiver, and Berner. His first official tour took place in February 2015 with Kirk Knight, Noname and Saba. He also joined Joey Bada$$ and Denzel Curry for Phase 1 of their World Domination Tour.
On July 20, 2015, Mick Jenkins announced his Wave[s] EP, which was released on August 21, 2015. Mick Jenkins began streaming his new project in full via NPR's First Listen on August 13, 2015. Wave[s] is the follow up to Jenkins' critically acclaimed 2014 mixtape, The Water[s]. Jenkins kept the collaborators on Wave[s] confined to those within his inner circle. The project features the likes of Jean Deaux, Saba, TheMind and popular producers such as Kaytranada. Jenkins also accompanied French producer STWO on his North American tour from the end of August through the beginning of October.
On August 17, 2016, Mick Jenkins released the first single from his highly anticipated debut album, Spread Love. On August 25, Jenkins released his second single of the album, called Drowning, which features an instrumental performed by Toronto-based jazz quartet BADBADNOTGOOD. The song has a direct reference to the death of Eric Garner, a black man who was strangled by police. The album, The Healing Component, was released on September 23, 2016. Many of the songs on the albums feature intros and outros with a dialogue about love with a female narrator, his sister.The Healing Component, abbreviated THC, is analogous to love, a theme Jenkins explores throughout the album. From self-love to romantic experience, he juxtaposes different forms love can take. Jenkins did something similar on The Water[s], exploring the concept of truth.
On November 21, 2017, Mick Jenkins released Or More; The Anxious, the first mixtape in a series of projects Jenkins describes as "a project series involving musical ideas and concepts that are currently inspiring the album's creation process." The second mixtape in the series, Or More; The Frustration, was released on February 24, 2018. On October 26, his second studio album, Pieces of a Man, was released The album's first single, "Understood" was released on October 12, 2018, preceded its visuals the day before. The second single "Padded Locks" featuring veteran Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah was released on October 21, 2018. The album also prominently pays homage to Gil Scott-Heron's 1971 album of the same name.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|The Healing Component
|Pieces of a Man
|The Pursuit of HappyNess: The Story of Mickalascage.||
|Trees & Truths||
|Or More; The Anxious||
|Or More; The Frustration||
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"Spread Love"||2016||--||--||--||The Healing Component|
(with Alex Wiley and Calez)
|"Bruce Banner"||--||--||--||Pieces of a Man|
|"What Am I to Do"||--||--||--||Pieces of a Man|