water has become more than just a metaphor to mick jenkins: it’s his primary identifier as a musician. water is fluid; water is a necessity to the continuation of life, much like jenkins’ raps are to the evolution of hip-hop. following the success of last year’s the water[s] mixtape, the chicago-based rapper is set to release a new ep entitled wave[s] in the near future. jenkins teased the ep’s opening track, “alchemy,” yesterday, a rich, lee bannon-produced effort that finds jenkins acknowledging his tropes and more importantly, justifying their continued appearance. take a listen to “alchemy” below.
as if releasing a fantastic pair of eps and a damn good mixtape this year wasn’t enough, wisconsin rapper milo plans to release a new ep from his side project, scallops hotel. the ep, entitled poplar grove (or how to rap with a hammer), is set to drop on november 19th and features production from iglooghost, lee bannon, and busdriver. if you can’t wait five days to hear the whole thing (i can’t either, don’t worry), milo has remedied this situation by streaming the ep’s lead single, “xergiok’s chagrin (a song for jib).” the self-produced joint is dark and contains some of the best lyrics i’ve ever heard this guy proclaim. check it out below.