Pieces of a Man (Mick Jenkins album)

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Pieces of a Man
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 26, 2018 (2018-10-26)
Recorded2016 - 2018
Genre
Length53:11
Label
Producer
Mick Jenkins chronology
The Healing Component
(2016)
Pieces of a Man
(2018)
Singles from Pieces of a Man
  1. "Understood"
    Released: October 12, 2018
  2. "Padded Locks"
    Released: October 21, 2018

Pieces of a Man is the second studio album by American rapper Mick Jenkins, released October 26, 2018 by Free Nation and Cinematic Music Group.[2]

Background[edit]

The album's production came from multiple contributors such as THEMpeople, Black Milk, Dee Lilly, BadBadNotGood, Kaytranada, OV, Ben Hixon, STLNDRMS, Nez & Rio, and Ahwlee, among others. The album features guest appearances from Ghostface Killah, Julien Bell, Mikahl Anthony, Ben Hixon, and Corinne Bailey Rae.[2] Pieces of a Man also prominently pays homage to Gil Scott-Heron's 1971 debut studio album, Pieces of a Man.

Singles[edit]

The album's release was preceded by two promotional singles: "Bruce Banner"[3] and "What Am I To Do"[4] on August 6th and 26th, respectively. The album's first single, "Understood" was released on October 12, 2018, preceded its visuals the day before.[5] The second single "Padded Locks" featuring veteran Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah was released on October 21, 2018.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Trey Alston of Highsnobiety gave the album four-and-a-half stars out of five, saying, “Pieces of A Man is at its strongest when it goes full in on that mesmerizingly simple urbane aesthetic, with Jenkins riding the wave with a relaxed nod and making good on his promise to deliver the most authentic experience possible.”

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Mick Jenkins.

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."Heron Flow" (featuring Julien Bell)
  • THEMpeople
  • Dee Lilly
3:17
2."Stress Fracture" (featuring Mikahl Anthony)Black Milk3:13
3."Gwendolynn's Apprehension"Black Milk3:45
4."Soft Porn"
  • THEMpeople
  • OV
3:42
5."Grace & Mercy"Nez & Rio1:51
6."Barcelona"Nissim2:34
7."Percy Interlude" 0:44
8."Reginald" (featuring Ben Hixon)Ahwlee2:48
9."Padded Locks" (featuring Ghostface Killah)Kaytranada3:45
10."Ghost"
  • THEMpeople
  • OV
  • Dee Lilly
3:34
11."Heron Flow 2"THEMpeople2:09
12."Plain Clothes"High Klassified3:51
13."Pull Up"
  • Green Sllime
  • THEMpeople
4:27
14."Consensual Seduction" (featuring Corinne Bailey Rae)
  • STLNDRMS
  • Dee Lilly
3:46
15."U Turn"
  • THEMpeople
  • Ben Hixon
2:46
16."Understood"
  • Kaytranada
  • Alexander Sowinski
3:28
17."Smoking Song" (featuring BadBadNotGood)
3:31
Total length:53:11

Credits adapted from Tidal.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mick Jenkins Makes an Ambitious Leap on 'Pieces of a Man'".
  2. ^ a b https://hiphopdx.com/news/id.47927/title.mick-jenkins-announces-pieces-of-a-man-lp-drops-bruce-banner-single
  3. ^ "Mick Jenkins announces new album, shares "Bruce Banner"".
  4. ^ "Mick Jenkins - "What Am I To Do"". 27 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Mick Jenkins - "Understood" (Prod. Kaytranada)". 12 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Mick Jenkins & Ghostface Killah Spread The Message On "Padded Locks"".