Chicago-based MC Mick Jenkins has collaborated with Supa BWE (of the trio Hurt Everybody) on a significant track that does not merely address issues of race and privilege in America - there is no reading between the lines here, no twisting of words - "Treat me (Caucasian)" is like a punch in the gut and leaves a lingering effect on the mind. Shot in Chicago, the video captures both Jenkins and Supa through the use of a split screen as they experience markedly contrasting interactions within their environments. Included in the video are recent images of police brutality, and coupled with lyrics such as, "All in your hood with my hoodie on/Skittles and tea/I'm like fourteen/treat me Caucasian," the video conveys the uncomfortable, moving, and challenging nature of the track.
As evidenced by his recent mixtape The Water(s) - which includes appearances by Joey Bada$$ and John Deaux - Jenkins is an artist who truly uses lyricism to paint the multiple dimensions of his outlook. I recently spoke with Jenkins about the track, writing, and his favorite poets.