Mick Jenkins arrives to the studio at 10:00 a.m., hours before plenty of Chicago rappers even consider getting out of bed. I meet him prior to one of his sessions, less than a month before his anticipated project, The Water[s], is to be released. It might be finished, it might not be finished. Mick isn’t sure yet. He’s making new songs every day regardless, so if a new creation happens to be hot, he might make some room for it.
“I promise you The Water[s] is coming, sayin’ it every day got me feelin’ like Noah,” he begins his verse on “Free Nation Rebel Soldier Pt. 2”.
Born in Huntsville, Alabama but raised in the south side of Chicago, Jenkins went back to Alabama for college where two things happened: he realized that he wanted to make a career out of music, and he dropped out of college, returning to Chicago with a vision.
When we spoke, we talked his creative process, we talked how Timbaland reached out, we talked religion.