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Mick Jenkins

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Mick Jenkins

Oct. 21
8 p.m.
$3 w/RSVP; $10 withou
DJ, Electro Pop, Hip-Hop, Soul

The latest Red Bull Sound Select tour to hit St. Paul is headlined by rapper Mick Jenkins, one of Chicago’s sharpest lyricists — which, considering the number of talented young voices emerging from that city, is saying something. Between the 2014 mixtape The Water[s] and September’s The Healing Component, Jenkins’ latest two full-lengths have established him as a formidable bar-for-bar writer. More impressive than his individual lines, though, is his use of water as a metaphor for knowledge and his deft takes on race and faith. Jenkins is originally from Alabama, and on Friday he’ll be joined by another Southerner now based in Chicago: St. Louis native and Zero Fatigue crew member Smino. Smino has quickly generated serious buzz for himself, with a penchant for aqueous, wobbly beats from Zero Fatigue’s Monte Booker, atop which he fluidly blends rapping and singing (he’s got plenty of personality to boot). Twin Cities alt-R&B prodigy and SoundCloud star Dizzy Fae, best known for her “Complexion” collab with Minneapolis producer Su Na, rounds out the night’s triple bill. RSVP at www.redbullsoundselect.com.