After teasing new music for quite some time, Chicago's Mick Jenkins finally makes good on his promise, coming through with both a new single and visuals in the form of "'Carefree' Black Boy."
While at first glance, the song's title sounds like a celebration of Black Boy Joy, it is actually the opposite as Jenkins contemplates the things that are actually interfering with black boys and men living life freely (hence the quotations around "Carefree" in the title). "If you living carefree, then you probably don't look like us," he rhymes over the Black Milk-produced track.
In the clip, we see Jenkins in different scenarios, each of which is interrupted by either the physical presence of police or by the notion that they could arrive at any moment. In one scene, he is pulled over by cops and the fear of things ending violently hangs in the air as he exits the vehicle slowly. However, the viewer can soon breathe a sigh of relief as Jenkins casually walks away from the car, leaving the officers seemingly frozen in their place.
In addition to "'Carefree' Black Boy," Jenkins is giving fans a lot more to celebrate with the announcement that his new album, The Circus, will be dropping on Friday, January 10th. It will mark the first solo album we've heard from Jenkins since 2018's Piece of a Man. This doesn't mean that he's been sitting around twiddling his thumbs, however, collaborating with several artists on their own projects. Most recently, Jenkins teamed up with Kaytranada on the super dope "Gray Area," which appeared on Kay's new album, BUBBA. Check out the video for Jenkins' latest below ahead of his album's release.