25-year-old MC/poet MICK JENKINS is the future. With his swift, socially conscious lyricism, and no-bullshit delivery, the young wordsmith has collaborated with the likes of Joey Bada$$, producer-of-the-year Kaytranada, and fellow Chicago-drill clique members Vic Mensa and Chance the Rapper. He dished up two outstanding mixtapes, 2014’s The Water[s] and 2015’s Wave[s], and his debut full-length [T]he [H]ealing [C]omponent dropped in September to widespread acclaim. We’ve got it down as the most important hip-hop record this year. Don’t hesitate!