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Kaytranada Blesses Mick Jenkins on Loose Cut “Rain”

Kaytranada reworks a Missy Elliott classic for young Chicago upstart Mick Jenkins

September 22, 2014

Kaytranada is sneaking his way out of dance music's fire exit, moonlighting as one of the most promising producers to lend a rapper a beat: he brings a bloodhound's nose for samples, low-ends that crack open speakers, and a late '90s pool of influences that couldn't be more on the needle. His test now is finding rappers worthy of his loops: Vic Mensa jogged over his kicks and chimes semi-effectively on "Wimme Nah," and Waldo did even better over twisted horror-score strings on "173." Last week, Mick Jenkins took his best shot over a chunky reworking of Missy Elliott's "The Rain." Mick gets away with some duds that a young Kendrick might have buried on an early tape--he spoke with so many layers, he must be onion... fuck a tidy room, it's dirty in these streets--but it's undoubtedly Kay's beats keeping these tracks afloat. Mick Jenkins' The Water[s] is available now. 

Kaytranada Blesses Mick Jenkins on Loose Cut “Rain”