Sometime in the next few days, Chicago MC Mick Jenkins will release or more...the frustration, an eight-track project featuring a guest spot from Sean Deaux and production from frequent collaborator THEMpeople.
According to Jenkins, who expressed his frustrations over the "business of creativity" in a multi-tweet venting session on Wednesday afternoon, part of the reason why he's releasing the project is to tide over fans until his next full-length album is complete.
"Very frustrating process," Jenkins tweeted. "Just to have muhfuckas tell you who you not better than or burn through the project in 20 minutes and one listen but somehow got 2 pages to criticize. It’s frustrating to try to write the illest shit and carve it out for two years just to have muthfuckas not even understand that they consume music like McDonald’s. "
Following the 2016 release of his debut album, The Healing Component, Jenkins says he spent most of 2017 dealing with writer's block, a condition that forced him to take the year off from creating new music.
"2017 was definitely year of getting it together for me... Glad I’m in the position to take a year to get shit together," he wrote.
As a creative, Mick's frustrations are quite understandable. But he's not alone. Music consumers and critics alike believe a hunger for more is having a net negative effect on the quality of music being released. Unfortunately, our collective insatiable desire for what's next, instead of seeking fulfillment in what we currently possess, has made true behavioral change impossible.