Mick Jenkins – Rain

Mark my words, following Chief Keef and Chance The Rapper, Mick Jenkins will be the next big thing to come out of Chicago. He holds within his repertoire the ability to vocally sound like Keef’s twisted drill scene and Chance’s bright jazz-fusion at the same time, adding a sense of cohesion to his entire work. His latest release, The Water[s], revolved around the theme of water, not just lyrically but sonically as well, with mellowed grooves and drowning bass that resembled a sense-reducing fall into the abyss. His newest track ‘Rain’ carries on this same theme. Utilizing Ann Peebles’ ‘I Can’t Stand The Rain’ as the foundation, mimicking its style and chorus, Mick effortlessly glides over his two verses detailing the people in his city succumbing to the rain. No one cries in the South Side, for if they do they’ll blame it on the rain. Kaytranada’s production, complete with added drums and gleaming flutes, parades across the track, with humble beginnings in the quiet riff of Peebles’ song. Jenkins’ latest single adds to the allure of his persona, a man obsessed over water, Hip-Hop’s cleansing savior that they all choose to ignore.

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