Chicago’s own Mick Jenkins has finally finished his debut album. The rapper, who is known for his gritty flow, dropped the news via his Instagram page by simply saying, “I’m done.”
It’s been four years since Jenkins released his first official mixtape, The Mickstape. That same year, he released his second tape, The Pursuit of HappyNess: The Story of Mickalascage. His 2013 Trees and Truth put him on the map, and led to a collaboration with Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa via “Crossroads.”
In an interview with Noisey, Jenkins revealed he started rapping while attending Oakwood University in Alabama. After moving back to Chicago, he decided to pursue music more seriously. Since then, the rapper has been vocal about his views on the state of Chicago, as well as its music.
“I was young and silly and that was the environment that I grew up in, but that’s not how I turned out and I want to represent that. I want to represent that Chicago. I like the fact that it’s two sides because even when Chance reaches out and shouts out Chief Keef it’s because we know those people. It’s all Chicago. I don’t think there’s any jaded feelings across the board. It’s interesting how it’s perceived from the outside, but I think it makes everything better.”
“Music draws emotion out of people.”
For more from Jenkins, check out his latest video “005:Coming Home.”