Published Sep 23, 2016Chicago has been known to produce greatness, and this year was no exception — Kanye West, Chance The Rapper and rising talent Mick Jenkins continue to be essential voices in hip-hop's growing conversation. Both Chance and Yeezy preached their way through gospel-influenced albums; Mick Jenkins soothes his listeners with jazz and soul on The Healing Component.
"Drowning" featuring BADBADNOTGOOD and "This Type of Love" are notable songs off the 15-track album, as is "Daniel's Bloom." The latter includes snippets of ponderous discourse that revolve around the various elements of love, as well as Jenkins' claim that "love is a muscle you gotta build from the inside." THC is filled with indications that it's a labour of love, in every way. Single "Spread Love" feels like the main objective of the record.
With help of BADBADNOTGOOD, theMind, Noname and others, the album comes together with live instrumentation and smooth production. Similar to his former projects — The Water[s] and Wave[s] — Jenkins' message of love is loud and clear here. (Cinematic)