2. Mick Jenkins
Mick Jenkins is Chicago but his southern roots bleed through every verse. Jenkins is not here for the games, and he understands what his gift means. In 2014 he dropped a project called “Water” that was hailed with critical acclaim. As his brooding delivery steeped in spirituality, he addressed the social commentary in his music as a moment to change, to revolt, and to honor one’s purpose. On his most recent project The Healing Component, Jenkins speaks his gospel raw and uncut. Take a listen to his skill as he flips the letter c.