Listen to Mick Jenkins collaborate with BADBADNOTGOOD on "Drowning" - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart
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Chicago MC Mick Jenkins has become one of our favorite up-and-comers on the national hip-hop scene in recent years, particularly after a mindblowing set at Made in America last year.

Jenkins recently announced his debut LP – The Healing Component, due out on September 23rd – and shared the single “Spread Love,” which you can put your ears to right here. His followup track finds him collaborating once again with Toronto alt-jazz trio BADBADNOTGOOD, who he previously teamed up with on “The Artful Dodger” and “Hyssop of Love.”

The song bumps and gurgles at a mysterious pace, with Jenkins’ vocals coming in with a haunting wail of “I can’t breathe” — a nod to the #blacklivesmatter movement and Eric Garner. Though his flow is normally pointed and upfront, this track finds him maintaining an evocative melodic delivery for the entire first half, showing off his range incredibly.

To underscore the song’s lyrical themes of perseverance in the face of injustice, a music video for “Drowning” finds Jenkins playing the role of a slave left to drown on the way to freedom.

Mick Jenkins will play the Red Bull Sound Select tour that comes through the area this fall on October 15th at The Foundry of The Fillmore Philadelphia. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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