Mick Jenkins takes it back to discovering Def Poetry Jam, his janky Honda Civic, and more in First Times

His cousin thought it was a good idea to spray paint the dashboard on the Civic.

January 31, 2019

Mick Jenkins serves as a very competent medium between old heads and today's teens. His music from his earliest mixtapes to his newest album, Pieces of a Man, explores themes of self-preservation and seeking truth while also keeping it relatable to inner city kids. And he's managed to wrestle with ideas of love and find his version of it in the middle of his hectic schedule.

Mick was also able to find time to come by The FADER office to talk about his entryway into poetry and rhyming—going down the rabbit hole on YouTube of Def Poetry Jam. He laughs his way through relating the woes of his first car. He moves onto revealing his early love for drawing and preferring to create portraits of people over scenery. Finally, he relates the emotional moment of giving his manager some extra, hard-earned money after their first major tour.

Watch the full interview above.

Listen to Mick Jenkins' last album Pieces of a Man

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Mick Jenkins takes it back to discovering Def Poetry Jam, his janky Honda Civic, and more in First Times