Back in March, Mick Jenkins said he planned to release two projects this year after sharing his debut album—The Healing Component—the previous year. He said this while dropping a relaxed, smoke-filled cut, “Pressed For Time,” with Goldlink implying that the lovelorn nature of song “isn’t a preview of what’s to come.”
The raps return to a more mindful space on his new song, “A Layover.” Lasting just over two minutes (he called the song a “2 minute drill”), he details what his life has been like since his last release. (Hint: It’s largely flights around the world, so there are plenty of layovers.)
“Five flights this week/I do this motherfucka/First class, got ’em looking like who this muthafucka,” he raps amist the smoke-filled production from THEMpeople. As his mind wanders between projects, so does his body causing plenty of observation, from people wondering what he does for a living to Uber drivers’ unnecessary takes on the world we live in.
Listen to “A Layover” below.