[As the video is currently unlisted, it can only be viewed by following the link HERE]
At somepoint this year (date still TBC) Chicago emcee Mick Jenkins will release the highly anticipated follow up to (what was quite possibly the best Hip Hop release of last year, seriously) The Water[s]. In a similar title trend, the next release will be called the Wave[s] (continuing his artistic fascination with the concept of H20 and its benefits) and we’ve already had the Lee Bannon produced “Alchemy” as a taster.
Today we get a new preview of his upcoming work with the surprise drop of Kaytranada produced “P’s & Q’s” on Spotify, with a video accompaniment following shortly after on Youtube.
In what seems representative of his somewhat antithetical relationship with the Chicago Drill scene, the “P’s & Q’s” visuals have us following Jenkins in one long shot, keeping his poise as he strolls through a world of utter madness. We see Jenkins coolly passing by flamethrowers and police beatings as he raps the hookless 2:37 of the track’s complex wordplay (which appear very much focused around honoring various literary devices).
Speaking to NPR, director Nathan Smith explains the concept of the video:
“For the “P’s & Q’s” video, we wanted to shoot something with a constant flow of motion to complement Mick’s unending verse. I created the idea of Mick walking through a scene of complete chaos, yet being unaffected by everything. To create that effect, I had Mick walk backwards from left to right through the entire scene as people pelted him with various items. That way, once we reversed the footage, Mick would look like the only person moving forward and everything would lift off of his body, leaving the chaos behind. Everything in the shot — the fire, water, even the train — was in-camera. We did no VFX whatsoever, and the actual shot only took 15 seconds to film at 240 frames per second, or 10 times slower than real-time. At the end of the video, the water bottle that floats into Mick’s hand symbolizes that his words and lyrics hold the truth amongst all the other nonsense people are exposed to.“
The last time Kaytranada and Jenkins collaborated was for conceptual track “The Rain“, and once again the Canadian artist proves with his guitar loops and heavy snare snaps that himself and Jenkins are a force to be reckoned with. We look forward to hearing more from Wave[s].