The Waters

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The Waters
Mixtape by Mick Jenkins
Released August 12, 2014
Genre Hip hop
Length 57:04
Label Cinematic
Mick Jenkins chronology
Trees & Truths
(2013)Trees & Truths2013
The Waters

The Waters (stylized as The Water[s]) is the fourth mixtape by American rapper Mick Jenkins. It was released on August 12, 2014, by Cinematic Music Group.[1] The mixtape was downloaded over 50,000 times in DatPiff.[2]


The Waters is a concept mixtape. Jenkins' lyrics are immersed in the symbolic meanings of water. The mixtape includes features by Pro Era member Joey Badass as well as The Mind, Noname, and Jean Deaux. Producers who contributed in the mixtape include Statik Selektah, Kirk Knight, OnGaud, Spacedtime, THEMpeople, THC, Dream Koala, DJ Dahi, High Klassfied, Da P, J Money, TJ Osinulu and Cam for J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League.[3][4][5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores

Nathan Stevens of PopMatters rated the mixtape a 7/10 saying "There's not really a bad song here, but next to monsters like "Jazz", "Martyrs", and "Jerome" some of the album feels like filler. When the album's main trio is composed of some of the best songs of the year, other tracks can't help but pale in comparison. Still, The Water(s) proves that Jenkins is as ambitious as he is talented. Saying that The Water(s) shows potential would be unfair. Jenkins has already arrived."[8]

Steven Goldstein of HipHopDX gave the mixtape a positive review saying "The Water[s] is one of the most accomplished releases out of Chicago this year, but it's not sensitive to time or location. Rather, the 23-year-old Jenkins raps about longstanding issues that are both institutional and individual. He's keen to point out the bullshit that clouds our day-to-day, but more importantly, he readily admits when the solutions can't be found."[6]

Michael Blair of XXL gave the mixtape a grand "XL", writing "The indisputable success that Mick has achieved in The Water[s], is not only confirmation that he is imperative to the progress of hip-hop within his specific region of the country, but most importantly, that he warrants recognition as a formidable opponent to some of hip-hop's most highly regarded MCs. Mick Jenkins' proverbial cup is currently filled with some of the purest water that the industry has to offer, and if you ask the fearless man who's holding it, he'll assure you that there is an eternal supply of it to come."[9]

Track listing[edit]

1."Shipwrecked" (featuring The Mind)THEMpeople4:21
3."The Waters"
  • High Klassfied
  • Da P
4."Healer" (featuring Jean Deaux)
  • Dream Koala
  • OnGaud
5."Comfortable" (featuring Noname)Cam O'bi4:15
8."Black Sheep"Statik Selektah3:17
9."Drink More" (featuring Ebony)Spacedtime3:12
10."Canada Dry"
  • J Money
  • OnGaud
11."Who Else"TJ Osinulu3:35
12."Dehydration" (featuring The Mind)DJ Dahi3:39
15."Jerome" (featuring Joey Badass)Kirk Knight5:05
Total length:54:19

Sample credits

  • "Shipwrecked" contains a sample of "Supernatural", performed by KING.
  • "THC" contains a sample of "Play", performed by iamamiwhoami.
  • "Healer" contains a sample of "We Can't Be Friends", performed by Dream Koala.
  • "Vibe" contains a sample of "The Sweetest Pain", performed by Dexter Wansel.
  • "Jazz" contains a sample of "Toxic", performed by Yael Naim.
  • "514" contains a sample of "Fog", performed by Nosaj Thing.
  • "Martyrs" contains a sample of "Strange Fruit", performed by Carmen McRae.
  • "Jerome" contains samples of "Testify", performed by Sounds of Blackness; and "Dead Wrong", performed by The Notorious B.I.G.


  1. ^ "Mick Jenkins – The Water[s]". hotnewhiphop. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Mick Jenkins – The Water[s]". DatPiff. Archived from the original on January 6, 2015. Retrieved February 27, 2018. 
  3. ^ "Dive Into Mick Jenkins Latest Mixtape The Water[s]". The Fader. Retrieved February 27, 2018. 
  4. ^ "Stream Mick Jenkins's "The Water[s]" Mixtape". Complex. Retrieved February 27, 2018. 
  5. ^ "Stream Mick Jenkins' New Mixtape 'The Water[s]' – XXL". XXL. Retrieved February 27, 2018. 
  6. ^ a b Goldstein, Steven. "Mick Jenkins: The Water[s]". HipHopDX. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  7. ^ Drake, David. "Mick Jenkins: The Water[s]". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b Stevens, Nathan. "Mick Jenkins: The Water(s)". PopMatters. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b Blair, Michael. "Mick Jenkins: The Water(s)". XXL. Archived from the original on September 1, 2014. Retrieved July 13, 2015.