Listen: Mick Jenkins—”The Water”

With so many rappers coming out of the Chicago right now it’s kind of hard to keep track of all of them. Chance the Rapper has definitely made a name for himself, but not too far behind is Mick Jenkins and his latest single “The Water.” Upon first listen, however, you’ll quickly notice how the Chicago emcee sets himself apart from the rest with grounded lyrics and a well-controlled flow. The melancholy nature of Mick Jenkins’ verses are further reinforced with a deeply somber beat produced by High Klassified and Da P. On this single, the artist goes deep against the grain of mainstream hip-hop culture with lyrics such as “water more important than the gold,” but also performs acrobatic lyricism with bars like “niggas talk shit I hock ether/ Stephen Hawking, no need for talking/ got a hawk’s eye, but I can hardly see ya.” This latest release will be on his upcoming, semi-eponymous album The Water[s]. Listen to the track below.

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Listen: Lucki Eck$ ft. Monster Mike—”Whole Stain”

Lucki Eck$ isn’t your traditional type of rapper and the production backing him aren’t your typical kinds of beats. It makes sense considering the title of his last mixtape Alternative Trap which was released July 25. Although other fellow and newly emerging Chicago emcees such as Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa don’t neatly fit within the parameters of what we’ve come to expect from rappers, Lucki Eck$ is still more subversive. He has a very slow flow that gives the listener the impression that he’s perpetually high off promethazine, yet the fact that he never talks about it leaves you looking elsewhere for answers. Whatever the reason may be for his slow motion raps, if given the opportunity, Lucki Eck$’ unique style has a way of growing on the listener in a lulling and hypnotic manner. His latest track “Whole Stain” featuring Monster Mike isn’t any different. The beat, which was produced by Plu2o Nash—who played a principal role in production on Alternative Trap—does an especially good job of complementing Lucki Eck$’ style with a minimal, bass-heavy beat that can be likened to trap, but really isn’t. Listen to “Whole Stain” below. Also, take a look at his visuals for “Everything Out$ide” which belongs to Alternative Trap and if you like it, download his album here.   Continue reading

Phoenix ft. R. Kelly—Trying To Be Cool (Remix)

Anyone familiar with either one of these artists knows about their epic joint-effort at Coachella 2013. Riding on the same waves of excitement from that memorable event—and perhaps adding to it—Phoenix and R. Kelly pair up once again to release “Trying To Be Cool.” Continue reading