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Mick Jenkins - Grenade Theory x $3,000 Advice

Mick Jenkins – Grenade Theory x $3,000 Advice

Mick Jenkins teamed up with theMIND and THEMpeople for two new tracks in the Chicago emcee’s first release since his last project, Wave[s]. “Grenade Theory” includes an eerie beat, and Jenkins reflects on current issues in Chicago. Then, Mick provides his “$3,000 Advice” on relationships over a mid-tempo groove for the second track. These songs leave us even more excited for his album...
What’s In The Tapedeck: September Edition

What’s In The Tapedeck: September Edition

Obviously we love sharing what we’re listening to with you guys, so our What’s In The Tapedeck column on the sidebar is something we try to update regularly for ya. Realizing that it often goes overlooked (yeah, you gotta scroll a bit to get there), we’ve decided to start incorporating a post each time we...
Mick Jenkins - Wave[s] (Mixtape)

Mick Jenkins – Wave[s] (Mixtape)

UPC has been following Mick Jenkins‘ career for a minute now (peep our interview from April 2014), and it’s been fun to see the Chicago native grow as an artist. A year after dropping The Water[s], Jenkins releases the follow-up — his similarly water-themed project, entitled Wave[s]. Stream the nine-track LP below, and if you like what...
Mick Jenkins - P's & Q's (Video)

Mick Jenkins – P’s & Q’s (Video)

Chicago rhymer Mick Jenkins has outdone himself once again on his brand new single, “P’s & Q’s.” With a little help from Canadian producer Louis Celestin aka Kaytranada, Mick takes us along his poetic quest of lyrical enlightenment. Though the song is nice enough by itself, the complementary slow-motion music video provides a unique visual interpretation, which makes his intelligent flows even more impressive.  We can...
Mick Jenkins - Alchemy

Mick Jenkins – Alchemy

Does Mick Jenkins ever smile? The jury’s still out on that one. Is he one of the rawest rappers coming up today? Absolutely. With a new EP titled The Wave[s] on the way this summer, it looks like Mick’s not going anywhere soon. While you wait on that, you can sit back and listen to this...
Top 25 Hip-Hop Projects of 2014

Top 25 Hip-Hop Projects of 2014

We’re almost a week into 2015 and it’s already looking like a much more promising year for music. With upcoming albums from Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, Kanye and A$AP Rocky to name a few, it’s arguably going to be a better year than 2014. But before we move forward and discredit 2014’s musical releases completely, we...
Mick Jenkins & Supa BWE - Treat Me Caucasian (Video)

Mick Jenkins & Supa BWE – Treat Me Caucasian (Video)

Earlier this year, Chicago’s own Mick Jenkins and Supa BWE (one third of the group Hurt Everybody) dropped one “Treat Me Caucasian,” and today, the official video was released.  Shoutout to Visual Mecca for taking one of this year’s most powerful songs and truly bringing the message to life in this crisp, innovative visual. Also, check out Supa’s 10-4 EP, which dropped just a...
Mick Jenkins - Rain (Prod. by Kaytranada)

Mick Jenkins – Rain (Prod. by Kaytranada)

Chicago’s Mick Jenkins hops on a Kaytranada beat for a new track entitled “Rain.” You might recognize the Missy Elliot sample on this one. Be sure to download Jenkins’ latest project The Water[s] if you haven’t done so already. Also, check out our interview with the South Side Chi native from earlier this year. Listen...
What's In The Tapedeck: September Edition

What’s In The Tapedeck: September Edition

Obviously we love sharing what we’re listening to with you guys, so our What’s In The Tapedeck column on the sidebar is something we try to update regularly for ya. Realizing that it often goes overlooked (yeah, you gotta scroll a bit to get there), we’ve decided to start incorporating a post each time we...
Mick Jenkins - Steam

Mick Jenkins – Steam

As a part of DJBooth’s Freestyle Series, Mick Jenkins offers up “Steam,” a track chock-full of bars delivered with passion and precision. “Tell me can you tell that this nigga is the realest/Nigga I’m a realist/So many layers and it’s really ’bout how many you peeling back” he spits over the TJay Beats-produced instrumental. Listen below, download...
Interview: Mick Jenkins

Interview: Mick Jenkins

The first Mick Jenkins song I ever heard was “Value Village.” On the smooth, piano-laced track, Jenkins breaks down why he opts to shop at the local thrift store instead of spending hefty sums of cash on un-used, brand name clothing. What first caught my attention about the 2011 record was MJ’s ability to take such...
Contest: Win Tickets to Frank Leone, Saba, Mick Jenkins & More in Urbana, IL on 4/3

Contest: Win Tickets to Frank Leone, Saba, Mick Jenkins & More in Urbana, IL on 4/3

Frank Leone will be taking the stage in Urbana, IL on Thursday, April 3rd, for a show at the Canopy Club. The 18+ event all kicks off at 8pm. Frank will be celebrating the release of his album #EnterWild along with friends Saba, Mick Jenkins, Klevah, and more surprise guest. Canopy Club has hooked UPC up with two (2)...