— Mentorship and positive reinforcement are both things a young Black man needs in order to navigate this world most efficiently. Mick Jenkins shows that he has a definite understanding and appreciation of said concepts with his latest release, “Understood”.
Mick Jenkins’ “Understood” was released this past Friday along with a swanky visual directed by Nick Walker. The song details the countless decisions and scenarios young men face from day-to-day, while also focusing on the importance of having someone to help guide you through it all. The music video assists in driving this point home as we get to observe a few different mentor-mentee relationships such as father and newborn son, younger brother and older brother, and even a father and his middle-aged son.
Canadian producer, Kaytranada, was recruited to handle the production and laid it down in a way that only he could. A vibe this smooth and hazy is quite literally a sonic representation of a warm summer evening just before dusk, sending listeners into a place of nostalgia without their immediate control.
Mick Jenkins also announced that his sophomore album, Pieces of a Man, will arrive on October 26th, which “Understood” will definitely be on. The album cover, which he previewed via Instagram, is a photograph of a broken mirror in the desert showing Jenkin’s shattered reflection. This can very much be a visual representation of the “pieces” of himself and the many angles in which you can look from to interpret one’s reflection, but I’m certain he’ll elaborate in much more poetic detail this Friday.
Check out the full video and album cover above, and be sure to check out Pieces of a Man as it drops on all platforms this Friday.