Mick Jenkins and The Socially Conscious take over The Highline Ballroom

By Opheli Garcia Lawler

Via Blare Magazine

The opening act was a Free Nation rapper named Stock Marley who was inspiring if not a bit rough with his verses dedicated to his come up in the music industry. He nearly pleaded with the crowd when he said “I was you five years ago, I was on the other side of this and now I’m here. If there is something you are passionate about, chase after it.”

Stock Marley then had the crowd chant “wake up! wake up!” until Mick Jenkins walked out on stage, to Lauryn Hill’s “That Thing.” Mick Jenkins opened with “Drink More Water” his stand out slogan and key message.

His debut EP, “The Waters” works as a conceptual album where water is symbolic of knowledge and truth. He emphasized throughout the show that he wants his fans to become more knowledgeable about things outside of their normal interests. It was a weird but successful combination of a hyped party and something that had a meaningful takeaway. He preached at the crowd but somehow it became a synthesis of energy being built up. By the end of the show, the crowd’ energy crescendoed, something Mick Jenkins had to work for the entire time. And while the audience may not have entered the Chelsea venue with an understanding of the moral ethic behind Mick Jenkins work, which is essentially love more, know more, be more, everyone left knowing more, and perhaps seeking the truth he so emphatically spoke about.

Mick Jenkins is a man who creates a space within his show to look deeper, and it turned his concert into the most hype classroom ever.

Also featured on stage was up and coming vocalist The Mind, who with his bandana wrapped as a headband, and a voice nearly as soulful, as the illustrious Frank Ocean had the crowd saying “Frank Who?!”

Jenkins’ mixtape “The Waters” and his album “Waves” are out now on iTunes.

Opheli Garcia Lawler is a contributing writer. Email him at music@nyunews.com

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