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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Chicago rapper features guest appearances from Mikahl Anthony, BadBadNotGood, Julian Bell, Ghostface Killah, Ben Hixon, and Corinne Bailey Rae.
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[Verse: Mick Jenkins] Look, straight up and down, I never did the crooked They offered twenty, I'm worth more, I told my nigga, book it Praise God my... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Nov 1, 2018
    86
    With Pieces of a Man, Jenkins is surely having his own Frank Ocean-esque moment--he’s expressing himself on his own terms with poignant lyricism and nuance.
  2. Nov 1, 2018
    76
    Though a versatile vocalist, Jenkins isn’t actually a Tier 1 rapper. His rasp can struggle when forced to take on too much, especially amid the prominent percussion and tough orchestration of something like “Ghost.” But this is a minor gripe within a major scheme. ... A gripping portrait of one human among Chicago’s 2.7 million.
  3. 75
    Pieces of a Man might not be what you whistle to in the bathroom or what you have on repeat for days, but Mick Jenkins’ lyrical and creative performance make this an album that you’ll need to return to.
  4. Nov 1, 2018
    70
    Sure, it would've been nice for Jenkins to offer even more such insightful commentary on this LP, rather than devoting the bulk of his lyrics to braggadocio. But this creative, star-studded album nevertheless showcases Jenkins' potential to fill the late Scott-Heron's shoes as a rap poet laureate.
  5. Nov 1, 2018
    60
    His lyrics have always run the risk of feeling overthought, and Pieces of a Man is no exception; for all his talent, Mick sometimes verges into dorm-room thoughts (“cottonmouth get you soon enough/wake up and realize the moon is us”) and cringeworthy high musings (“Fuck is woke if you conscious but still in the bed”). But his heart is in the right place, and his elevated lyrical aspirations steer him right more often than not.
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  1. Nov 6, 2018
    10
    Mick Jenkins has delivered an impeccable project from start to finish. this is my album of the year along with Roc Marciano - Behold a DarkMick Jenkins has delivered an impeccable project from start to finish. this is my album of the year along with Roc Marciano - Behold a Dark Horse and Black Eyed Peas - Masters of the Universe Vol, 1.
  2. Nov 15, 2018
    7
    Taking his title after a legendary Gil Scott-Herron album, "Pieces of a Man" is Mick Jenkins' most ambitious project to date: a mix ofTaking his title after a legendary Gil Scott-Herron album, "Pieces of a Man" is Mick Jenkins' most ambitious project to date: a mix of conscious rap with strong jazz, soul and old-school hip-hop influences. Mixing the old with the new, the Chicago-based artist offers an album that still sounds very contemporary referencing Scott-Herron, poet Gwendolynn Brooks as well as Frank Ocean all throughout his album, positioning himself as one of those brave and honest Afro-American voices, as well as paying tribute to those who paved the way for him. A gifted vocalist and rapper, Jenkins take the listener through a politically charged and extremely reflective portrait of himself, touching on a large-scale of subjects going from religion to romantic relationships and the lavish lifestyle of successful rappers. As it is often the case with conscious rap, "Pieces of a Man" might seem a little overwhelming at first but Mick Jenkins' impressive and versatile vocals, the guest-appearances by Ghostface Killah and BADBADNOTGOOD as well as a few tracks produced by KAYTRANADA will sure make you enjoy the ride. I am not gonna lie: "Pieces of a Man" is not the kind of album you will listen to every day on your way to work but it makes for a fascinating listen - and you will undoubtedly find yourself going back to it!

    Key tracks: "Plain Clothes," "Padded Locks," "Gwendolynn's Apprehension."

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