Waves (EP)

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ReleasedAugust 21, 2015 (2015-08-21)
Genre Hip hop
Label Cinematic
Mick Jenkins chronology
The Waters
The Healing Component

Waves (stylized as Wave[s]) is the debut extended play (EP) by American rapper Mick Jenkins. It was released on August 21, 2015, by Cinematic Music Group.

Extended play Musical recording longer than a single, but shorter than a full album

An extended play record, often referred to as an EP, is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single, but is usually unqualified as an album or LP. Contemporary EPs generally contain a minimum of three tracks and maximum of six tracks, and are considered "less expensive and time-consuming" for an artist to produce than an album. An EP originally referred to specific types of vinyl records other than 78 rpm standard play (SP) and LP, but it is now applied to mid-length CDs and downloads as well.

Mick Jenkins (rapper) American rapper

Jayson Mick Jenkins is an American hip hop recording artist. Based in Chicago, he is signed to Cinematic Music Group. His debut album, The Healing Component, was released on September 23, 2016, followed by Pieces of a Man on October 26, 2018.

Cinematic Music Group American hip hop record label, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Cinematic Music Group (CMG) is an American record label, management, publishing & touring company distributed by The Orchard founded in 2007 by Jonny Shipes. Their roster as of 2017 consists of Joey Bada$$, Pro Era, T-Pain, Smoke DZA, Va$htie, Mick Jenkins, G Herbo, Caveman, Public Access TV, and others.



The extended play includes guest features from Saba, Sean Deaux, and The Mind. The majority of the production was by THEMpeople, with Kaytranada, Lee Bannon, Stefan Ponce and Mulatto also producing. [1]

Tahj Malik Chandler, better known by his stage name Saba, is an American rapper and record producer. He grew up in the Austin neighborhood of the West Side of Chicago. He is a co-founder of the musical collective Pivot Gang with his brother Joseph Chilliams, their late cousin John Walt, and their high school friend MFn Melo.

Hip hop production

Hip hop production is the creation of hip hop music in a recording studio. While the term encompasses all aspects of hip hop music creation, including recording the rapping of an MC, a turntablist or DJ providing a beat, playing samples and "scratching" using record players and the creation of a rhythmic backing track, using a drum machine or sequencer, it is most commonly used to refer to recording the instrumental, non-lyrical and non-vocal aspects of hip hop.

Kaytranada Electronic Musician

Louis Kevin Celestin, known by his stage name Kaytranada,, is a Haitian-Canadian DJ and record producer. Celestin began his career under the alias Kaytradamus in 2010. He is part of the hip hop duo The Celestics.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
AnyDecentMusic? 6.9/10 [2]
Metacritic 77/100 [3]
Review scores
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [4]
Consequence of Sound B+ [5]
Exclaim! 8/10 [6]
Pitchfork 7.6/10 [7]
PopMatters 7/10 [8]
Spin 8/10 [9]
XXL 4/5 [10]

Waves received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 77, based on nine reviews. [3] Paul Simpson of AllMusic stated, "His music seems a slight bit more danceable and accessible than before, but not to the point of pandering to a hedonistic club audience." [4] Sheldon Pearce of Consequence of Sound stated, "The biggest difference between the two projects is that The Water[s] focused in on the dense raps, and Wave[s] is far more vibe-driven, with songs ready for radio." [5] Samantha O'Connor of Exclaim! stated, "Wave[s] is a clear indication that Jenkins is expanding his sound and stepping away from expectation as he prepares his debut album, The Healing Component . But in the meantime, he's established himself as an artist with even more to offer than many predicted." [6] Brian Duricy of PopMatters stated, "On Wave[s], Mick Jenkins, whether consciously or otherwise, created a polished body of work with radio-ready potential." [8]

Metacritic is a website that aggregates reviews of films, TV shows, music albums, video games, and formerly, books. For each product, the scores from each review are averaged. Metacritic was created by Jason Dietz, Marc Doyle, and Julie Doyle Roberts in 1999. The site provides an excerpt from each review and hyperlinks to its source. A color of green, yellow or red summarizes the critics' recommendations. It is regarded as the foremost online review aggregation site for the video game industry.

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David Drake of Pitchfork stated, "It points to an artistic flexibility that will pay dividends down the road. The room to grow is there, should he decide to pursue the colors Wave[s] has opened up for him." [7] Dan Weiss of Spin stated, "Wave[s] is louder, catchier, and about half the length of The Water[s]." [9] Sidney Madden of XXL stated, "Although it doesn't pan out on every track, the cohesive work allows the listener to feel that they've plunged into the depths of Mick's mind and come out with a soaked sense of clarity." [10]

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<i>Spin</i> (magazine) American music magazine

Spin is an American music magazine founded in 1985 by publisher Bob Guccione, Jr. The magazine stopped running in print in 2012 and currently runs as a webzine, owned by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group division of Valence Media.

<i>XXL</i> (magazine) American hip hop magazine

XXL is an American hip hop magazine, published by Townsquare Media, founded in 1997.

Track listing

2."Slumber" (featuring Saba, Sean Deaux and Donnie Trumpet)THEMpeople3:36
3."Get Up Get Down"
  • Stefan Ponce
  • THEMpeople
4."Your Love" Kaytranada 3:14
6."The Giver"THEMpeople3:22
7."40 Below"THEMpeople3:25
8."P's & Q's"Kaytranada2:33
9."Perception" (featuring The Mind)
  • Mulatto
  • THEMpeople
Total length:28:28

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