The Oberlin Review

Mick Jenkins poses before a wall covered in street art. The Chicago rapper, who garnered praise for his 2014 mixtape The Water[s] and his 2015 EP Wave[s], will perform with Oberlin electronic musicians Xuan Rong and Aten Rays
at the ’Sco tonight.

’Sco Hosts Jenkins in Anticipation of Debut Album 

February 26, 2016

Chicago-raised rapper Mick Jenkins, who will perform at the ’Sco tonight, has skyrocketed to the forefront of underground hip-hop over the last couple of years thanks to the successes of his 2014 mixtape The Water[s] and last year’s Wave[s] EP. The show will feature opening performances by electronic musician composers Xuan Rong, College junior Rachel Katz, and Aten Rays, College sophomore Luke Nikkanen. Though Jenkins is just 24 years old, he has released a steady stream of mixtapes since...

Devoted Crowd Flocks to Mick Jenkins’s Raucous Underground Concert

Jake Frankenfield

February 13, 2015

Content warning: This article contains a racial slur printed in full. The word is part of an artist’s stage name. Mick Jenkins’ most recent record, the widely acclaimed The Waters, is known for its submerged, atmospheric production and intricate wordplay. Hailed as one of the best mixtapes of 2014, The Waters established Jenkins as a preeminent Chicago MC. Jenkins is currently touring with Saba Pivot, Noname Gypsy and a budding rapper affiliated with the Joey Bada$$-helmed Pro Era collective, Kirk Knight. Chicago has been central to the development of hip-hop as a genre since the early 1990s. In the ’90s, Chicago offered Twista; in the early 2000s, the city produced Kanye West and Common. Today, as hip-...

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