From Datpiff obscurity to signing with Cinematic Music Group, Mick Jenkins proves that the naive fans of our culture who think it is dead, oh so wrong. After his Trees and Truths project, the Huntsville, Alabama emcee, by way of Chicago, delves deeper into the realm of truth through music. His self-awareness of the position he’s in, both consumer and creator, of mainstream and independent music allows him to explore the balance of pure entertainment with enlightenment. The depth of his voice invites you like a pastor’s might at Sunday service but the lessons he’s sharing with you today will resonate with a wider demographic than most.

His new project, The Water[s], features production from OnGaud, Statik Selektah, THC, DJ Dahi, and many others. You can stream it below and download it HERE.

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Bryan Hahn is sipping slow while listening to this. He’s on Twitter (@notupstate).