Mick Jenkins details Wave[s] EP, shares new single “Get Up Get Down” — listen

Swiftly rising Chicago MC formally announces the follow-up to 2014's The Water[s]


Photo by ​Adam Kivel

Mick Jenkins first started garnering attention with his 2014 mixtape The Water[s], and has been teasing its follow-up all year. First came the hard-hitting “Alchemy”, and then came his alphabetically-minded “P’s and Q’s”. Now, he’s returned with a new single to coincide with the official announcement of his next effort, Wave[s].

A nine-track EP featuring production from Lee Bannon, ThemPeople, Kaytranada, and others, Waves[s] is out August 21st on Jenkins’ own Free Nation imprint under the Cinematic Music Group label. Guests include previous collaborators Sean Deaux, Saba, and The Mind. Hayveyah McGowan, a painter from Kansas City, was commissioned to create 30″ by 30″ paintings to serve as artwork for each song on the collection, and you can see the piece he created for the cover ahead.

Along with all the details, Jenkins has shared “Get Up Get Down”, a track featuring production by ThemPeople and Stefan Ponce. The cut is an old-school jam filled with summery vibes that get swallowed by a pit of low rumbling bass halfway through. Before things get too heavy, though, Jenkins spits a furiously fast hook: “Isn’t it ironic/ Got ’em hooked on phonics/ Mama used to think it was just chronic/ It was all bad.”

Take a listen below, followed by McGowan’s track-specific art, and the full Wave[s] tracklist and artwork.

“Get Up Get Down” Artwork:

get up get down art

Wave[s] Tracklist:
01. Alchemy (Prod. Lee Bannon & ThemPeople)
02. Slumber feat. Saba & Sean Deaux (Prod. by Thempeople)
03. Get Up Get Down (Prod. By Stefan Ponce & Thempeople)
04. Your Love (Prod. By Kaytranada)
05. Piano (Prod. by Thempeople)
06. The Giver (Prod. by Thempeople)
07. 40 Below (Prod. by Thempeople)
08. P’s & Q’s (Prod. By Kaytranada)
09. Perception feat. The Mind (Prod. By Mulatto & ThemPeople)

Wave[s] Album Artwork:

mick jenkins wave[s]

Update – Wednesday, July 22nd: Jenkins has announced North American tour dates.

Mick Jenkins 2015 Tour Dates:
08/29 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi-F
08/30 – Detroit, MI @ Shelter
09/01 – Toronto, ON @ The Hoxton
09/02 – Ottawa, ON @ Ritual
09/03 – Boston, MA @ Middle East – Upstairs
09/04 – New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre
09/05 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
09/06 – Philadelphia, PA @ Made in America Festival
09/08 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
09/09 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade – Hell
09/10 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
09/11 – Miami, FL @ Churchill’s Pub
09/12 – Orlando, FL @ BackBooth
09/14 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
09/15 – Austin, TX @ The Parish Room
09/16 – Dallas, TX @ Trees Dallas
09/18 – Santa Fe, NM @ Skylight
09/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
09/20 – San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park
09/21 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
09/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
09/23 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
09/24 – San Francisco, CA @ Social Hall
09/25 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater
09/26 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
09/27 – Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club
09/29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
09/30 – Denver, CO @ Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
10/03 – Columbia, MO @ Rose Music Hall
10/04 – Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose Taphouse
10/05 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry