Mick Jenkins - Chicago Lyrics




So, I figure I should tell you a little bit about myself
Since you don't really know, anything, about much at all, that's what I'll do
Gather round children

I grew up round them white kids first, Paranoid like a crack head
A blemish in they world, yea, I was just a black head
Proactive, they put me with them smarter kids, I didn't care
I was just mad that I was the darkest kid with thick hair
And they stared, like I was not suppose to be in there
I grew up, mama living like Kadeisha and miss Sinclair
That's single, she didn't like to mingle with her kids there
And when they tried to woo we brought the Whoo! like Rick Flair
No chin hair, what was I eleven nigga?
And that's when you decided that yo kids would come second nigga?
Just barely walking and you still just kept it stepping nigga?
Now that's some sick shit, what is you a leper nigga?
See that's the type of shit that make not respect a nigga
Just know the debt you owe is looking real hefty nigga
Nah, I ain't mad, I just said that for the record nigga
Nah, I ain't mad I just said that for the record nigga
But I digress and reminisce on days after he left us
When honey buns and flaming hots was healthy breakfast
When micros and kinky twists gave hell to edges
And them girls in your class started wearing heels and wedges, ahhhh
Sounds good don't it?
I know somebody out there like "it sound hood homie"
But the hood was all we had, and we made good from it
Especially them D-boys, I know they made good money
Made good dummies, start selling that wet work
Cause we see them stacking paper like cubical desk work
They see through like wet shirts
They grandmamma chest hurt
Her heartbroken, cause the streets done got up in 'em
They rocked the uniform: white tee, 5 pocket denim
Nikes, no clocking in
But they working that nine to five
High key they don't know better, buy trees
And go and choke like rabbit first time at the shelter, I see
A people stuck in they ways, no it's not just a phase
They see a future in tomorrow, they are stuck in a daze
And I am fucking amazed
At how these wack niggas spit the way they Dunkin is glazed
See that's sweet nigga
But I got it hot and ready for the street nigga
Your soul starving, so I prepared you a feast nigga
So get them headphones to your ears, and eat nigga
I'm vegetarian, but it is full of meat nigga
I'm trying to take it cross country, track meet nigga
Then hit the mall like I'm hitting athlete figures
I actually figured, that I'd be harder than this
I'm just warming up, but they say that I'm sautering this
I think I'm fathering this, my seed come through the pen
I'm trying to bust in another life I ain't fucking no bitch
And I can't fuck with no snitch
Keep my name out your fucking mouth
Unless you talking bout me, or sucking this dick, aww
I try to let this beat fade like newly washed denim
But got on my Scrappy Doo, just "let me back at 'em "
I'm trying to know this game, just (uh), let me back catch 'em
Just let me direct 'em, like traffic lights
And I'm a take 'em higher, much higher than your average flight
And give 'em mouthfuls much bigger than your biggest bite
And show 'em how I'm much flyer than your average kite
And now they grabbing tight
But I'm just picking them off me
Writing these death certificates, Killing them softly





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  1. ralo390

    Andre 3000 can y'all hear the influence

  2. Abdou Cissé

    Writing this death certificates just killing them softly🔥

  3. Chrisdaaauuuwg

    Gives me that “a life in a day...” kinds vibe.

  4. M B

    Real ones know Blackstar

  5. Caesar TheReal

    7 years.

  6. Gonzalo Pérez Méndez

    SHAMELESS

  7. moxzilla6

    Damn kinda pissed I can’t find a lot of his songs on Apple Music

    VinylUnboxings

    I was able to import them into spotify, it's probably possible for you too

  8. Single turbo1995

    He kinda got that andre 3000 flow

  9. Single turbo1995

    Damn this shit go hard fr I like his flow

  10. Honest Truth

    I can’t believe I’m the only one listening to this in 2020☹️

    Honest Truth

    huey I guess it’s only two of us 💯

    ralo390

    Your not alone

    SPIRIT DOT

    me too playa!!!

    Honest Truth

    SPIRIT DOT 💯💯💯

    Clinton Saulsberry

    I got you. You not alone 🙌🏿 lowkey just found him out a couple days ago

  11. Nosihcta Draner

    Mick looking like somebody auntie in the thumbnail 😂

  12. Dom

    Dope sample from Mos Def and Kweli

  13. Mx Rlene

    So, I figure I should tell you a little bit about myself
    Since you don’t really know, anything, about much at all, that’s what i’ll do
    Gather round children

    I grew up round them white kids first, Paranoid like a crack head
    A blemish in they world, yea, I was just a black head
    Proactive, they put me with them smarter kids, I didn't care
    I was just mad that I was the darkest kid with thick hair
    And they stared, like I was not suppose to be in there
    I grew up, mama living like Kadeisha and miss Sinclair
    That’s single, she didn't like to mingle with her kids there
    And when they tried to woo we brought the Whoo ! like Rick Flair
    No chin hair, what was I eleven nigga?
    And that’s when you decided that yo kids would come second nigga?
    Just barely walking and you still just kept it stepping nigga?
    Now that’s some sick shit, what is you a leper nigga?
    See that’s the type of shit that make not respect a nigga
    Just know the debt you owe is looking real hefty nigga
    Nah, I ain’t mad, I just said that for the record nigga
    Nah, I ain’t mad I just said that for the record nigga
    But I digress and reminisce on days after he left us
    When honey buns and flaming hots was healthy breakfast
    When micros and kinky twists gave hell to edges
    And them girls in your class started wearing heels and wedges, ahhhh
    Sounds good don’t it?
    I know somebody out there like “it sound hood homie”
    But the hood was all we had, and we made good from it
    Especially them D-boys, I know they made good money
    Made good dummies, start selling that wet work
    Cause we see them stacking paper like cubical desk work
    They see through like wet shirts
    They grandmamma chest hurt
    Her heartbroken, cause the streets done got up in ‘em
    They rocked the uniform: white tee, 5 pocket denim
    Nikes, no clocking in
    But they working that nine to five
    High key they don’t know better, buy trees
    And go and choke like rabbit first time at the shelter, I see
    A people stuck in they ways, no it’s not just a phase
    They see a future in tomorrow, they are stuck in a daze
    And I am fucking amazed
    At how these wack niggas spit the way they Dunkin is glazed
    See that’s sweet nigga
    But I got it hot and ready for the street nigga
    Your soul starving, so I prepared you a feast nigga
    So get them headphones to your ears, and eat nigga
    I’m vegetarian, but it is full of meat nigga
    I’m trying to take it cross country, track meet nigga
    Then hit the mall like I’m hitting athlete figures
    I actually figured, that I’d be harder than this
    I’m just warming up, but they say that I’m sautering this
    I think I’m fathering this, my seed come through the pen
    I’m trying to bust in another life I ain't fucking no bitch
    And I can’t fuck with no snitch
    Keep my name out your fucking mouth
    Unless you talking bout me, or sucking this dick, aww
    I try to let this beat fade like newly washed denim
    But got on my Scrappy Doo, just “let me back at ‘em “
    I’m trying to know this game, just (uh), let me back catch ‘em
    Just let me direct ‘em , like traffic lights
    And I'mma take ‘em higher, much higher than your average flight
    And give ‘em mouthfuls much bigger than your average bite
    And show ‘em how I’m much flyer than your average kite
    And now they grabbing tight
    But I’m just picking them off me
    Writing these death certificates, Killing them softly

  14. tevž Ratnag

    Zlatko,ghet-laganini rap, kje ste slovenci

  15. Louie Vuitton

    2019 “awwwwwwww”

  16. Jorge Martinez

    love the bean footage

  17. LoOney Pee

    True Inspiration 🙇🏿💪🏿

  18. Patrick Dynan

    Is this song available to download

  19. Seri0us Sh1t

    ... rap diablo macho when i drive slow..

  20. Kuate Lowko

    Reminds me of Andre from outkast

  21. The Toma

    BLACK STAR

  22. Star Wanderer

    I was just mad I was the kid with dark hair damn that shit strong

  23. nostalgia arists

    Omg I keep forgetting bout this musical genius 😅

  24. Ra- dessa

    I can't wait for Mick jenkins to come to SA but we'll be patiently waiting.

  25. Bertogil98

    Is this a single or what album is this at?

  26. That nigga Quis

    One of the best two songs I heard in my lifetime named Chicago come from Mick and CAP STEEZ salute my niggas 👏🏼

  27. mario angel

    Still fucking with this heat 2019!!

  28. Good Grief

    We love you here in chicago mick haha

  29. Diego Lainez

    Damn he and joey was basically the same voice with this video

  30. Jose Pena

    This joint is so Andre 3000 influence 🔥🔥🔥🔥

  31. James da deejay

    2018 SA Approves

  32. Eli Amos

    This is my Oldschoold Rap

  33. 4 7

    I’m still here mick

  34. Big Enano

    damn you can see his potential and his style maturing to what WATERS became

  35. CR Steppa

    Did justice to one of the illest instrumentals, am ashamed to know of this track so late.

  36. CaBookiejoe

    You did that nigga

  37. NOAH OMEN

    I can see the andre 3000 influence man this shits always gonna be a classic.....

  38. ILLAMERICA- CHI.

    Ddaaaaaaaaammmmmmmnnnnnn!!!🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  39. Gil

    2013 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  40. Roman Konečný

    2018 and still the best

  41. Candice Dennis

    His voice, God his voice is so damn sexy at the beginning of this track. He could whisper anything in my ear with that voice in that tone and I'd have to change my panties quick status

  42. Gu Baby

    Love you Mick, Thank you for the Water. Happy Black History Month 2018

  43. JJ suther

    You got an email I can send a studio recorded song too.

  44. cryptic

    Dude is so good I can just sit back and vibe 🙌🏼

  45. Victoria Appiagei

    Rap Cool Powerful music awesome

  46. Tim Lawrence

    26 people have life fucked up beyond repair

  47. Egner Jara Aguilar

    ¡Escucha la ciudad respirando!

  48. Jacob Rowe

    How the hell did he get his hair like that?!?

  49. Maxwell Valencia

    This should have one million views

  50. Winner's Circle Lifestyle Improvement

    Best rapper alive.

  51. Evan Herrera

    dam man thanks I needed this shit

  52. Evan Herrera

    nikes no clockin in

  53. Soph Carrillo

    Mick Jenkins isn't famous yet lil uzi and 21 savage are popping.... the world is sickening to say the least

    charlie jenkins

    Soph Carrillo truth

  54. ChannelofD00M

    Music Video was great. Those juxtaposed shots with Mick and Chicago landscapes reminded me of the Illmatic cover. I don't know if it was intentional or not.

  55. heroinfather

    I listen to this multiple times a day. seriously its good.

    Jason Voss

    the names rick just rick Yeah, haven't liked someone this much since steez

  56. Tray Caleb

    IS THAT YOU ANDRE 3000?

  57. Grand Master Trick

    he was about to say bust a nut!!!!!

  58. Jacob Moon

    Soooo I just recognized this beat from an interlude on my local NPR station. Anyone know where this instrumental came from?

    XXIV

    Jacob Moon Mos Def - Respiration

  59. Captain Chris

    This might be a stupid question but is he a Chicago born rapper?

    Anthony Truong

    He was born in Alabama and moved to Chicago at 9 years old.

    C Y

    Captain Chris not a stupid question . was thinking the same thing

    Captain Chris

    @C Y Respect that

    Captain Chris

    @Anthony Truong Cool cool, thank you

  60. Usamah Qureshi

    aye black star respiration

  61. Fernando Casey

    This right here is what causes global warming.

  62. Matthew goin

    Lil Yachty definitely copied that intro on "keep swimming" Mick keep doing your thing niggas talking about you bite flows ¿

  63. Jake Lucas

    New 3 stacks

  64. Wyatt Coleman

    Gather round children😂👌🏻🔥

  65. Lyrical Myracle

    I had never heard this one... everything in Mick catalog is too perfect 💎

  66. joel cotto

    Mink 3000

  67. Vick Nelonis

    What part of Chicago is he from??

    Masque Rade

    Southside my nigga

  68. DirtBag_P

    Awwwwww

    Lyrical Myracle

    that part came up as soon as I saw yo comment

    loganbolducrox

    That's three for three fam, me too

  69. Phil V

    i always wonder how these vids end up first and most popular on random channels like fkn JustinMillz77 lol

    Lucas Buendia

    You really don't know what your talking about. Justin Millz directed the video...

    Alexander Coleman

    Phil V Mick Jenkins was on the grind and come up. He came to alabama just to participate in different ciphers, look up Who Got Bars? Jmillz is a great video/director producer with a great vision.

  70. mentos1289

    before he got nuts on drinking water

    Lyrical Myracle

    lmfao true

    Jason Voss

    mentos1289 They say eye be talking about water too much!! Hear that....... that's how many fucks I give.

  71. Ondarella

    Jeeeeezz this dude is crazy

  72. Stan Kowalinski

    Good God, just heard his songs for the first time tonight. Everyone I hear is better than the last. Only because it is the most recent one.

    Datsizer

    Dope! !!

  73. Tayro da monsta

    mos def respiration

    antonio sau

    yooo hard bruh.

    HighlyBaked

    GOAT song

  74. KYLEDAKILLA BEATS

    when he said just a blemish in they white world i was just a black head I HAD A HEART ATTACK

  75. FReedom v

    andre 2 stack flow

  76. Jack

    If it wasn't for Chance the rapper i wouldn't of heard any of the decent artists like Mick Jenkins from Chicago, all that drill bullshit drowns out the good sound.

  77. Ivon64719

    Is this song single?
    cuz i couldnt find this song in any of his album (mixtape)

    ZERODA ASR

    the original song is from Mos Def Talib Kweli, it's called Respiration

    sub15

    Nah dude, she's taken

    Xavier Lastname

    +Logic101 L

  78. Logan Woods

    "A blemish in they white world yeah I was just a blackhead" HOLY SHIT THATS FIRE

  79. JEREL EYENI

    I did this instrumental better! Peep my channel!

    JEREL EYENI

    Im a huge Mick fan but I would say I did! Did you give it a listen?

    STEELO

    was gonna listen and hate but its actually good lyrically but i still prefer this.

    JEREL EYENI

    @STEELO Appreciate it! Yeah I could understand that Mick's vocal projection is dope
     

  80. grant cummins

    blastin holes in the night till she lead sunshine

  81. Malik Leathers

    Mick Jenkins is Mick Jenkins but sounds a lot like Andre 3k

    Noodin

    yes, Andre is the man who inspired him most, Mick's favorite rapper. watch interviews like I and you would know.

    Way2Dylagent

    I don't really hear it. Maybe the way he structures his verse are similar but voice nah.. but hearing them on a track would be dope

    Peek A Boo

    @Way2Dylagent idk it seems like he hitting a lot of andres flows in this song

  82. Franklin Freshman

    ok not great

    Flirtatious Turtle

    I don't normally do this, but... L

  83. Zak J

    whos talking in the beginning ?

    Nic

    Mickalas Cage.

  84. Matthew McKay

    https://soundcloud.com/yakcmttam301/sets/tempest-ep

  85. bunkrat YT

    mos def - respiration instrumental

  86. Off Da Percs

    Mick Jenkins>>>>logic

  87. My Simple Perspective

    Who Knows The Mixtape/EP/Album This Song Is On? Or Is This A Single?

  88. Valerie

    A new age Andre 3000.

  89. Jordan Rozich

    are city got the rap game on hold

  90. jacobb

    Only twelve dislikes this is insane

  91. David Reynolds

    this is fucking sick

  92. MellowProductions

    bro this izz fyyyyyaaaaaaa!