Hip-hop is a sport, and like any other sport, you have to step onto the field believing you’re the best. Or, in Mick Jenkins’ case, that you’re the best aside from one formidable name.
“Can't nobody fuck with me except Kendrick,” Mick Jenkins said in a new interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 on Apple Music. The Chicago rapper was debuting his latest single “Bruce Banner,” a flash of aggression and sign of what’s to come for his upcoming album, Piece of a Man, set to drop this fall.
“I'm in a space where I've had time to like assess what I've got going on,” Jenkins said. “You know, I assessed my career, just my business, assessed my mind, and I took a lot of 2017 and '18 to get everything as far as that goes together. Now I'm in a space where I'm like, ‘Alright, I'm ready to step back out and let everybody know what I'm working on.’ And I think that's where that song is coming from. Just like Bruce Banner, right? You know the mathematician, the guy putting it together, like there is an actual Hulk in there and he's coming out.”
Apparently, the artist ready to break out is head-and-shoulders above the rest, aside from Kendrick Lamar, which, all things considered, is not a bad place to land. At the least, this mentality must be keeping Jenkins motivated and hungry.
During the interview, Jenkins sounded more focused and determined than ever, and as we know, a man possessed and confident is a man poised to make the best music of his career.
We’ll be waiting with bated breath, Mick.