Mick Jenkins on Sway at SXSW

Mick Jenkins was one of the many artists to stop by Sway in the Morning on location in Austin, Texas late last week.

Today, the video of his in-studio performance of “The Waters” is up above and a portion of his sit-down with the crew talking Chicago and some of the things to watch out for on social media amongst the topics.

ICYMI, we caught Mick at the Hype Hotel and should have some more wrap-up coverage of our own Austin experience up shortly!

"The Chi is all I've known" | @mickjenkins in @hypem's #HypeHotel for #SXSW last night.

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Charles Hamilton “5 Fingers of Death Freestyle”

Charles Hamilton has re-emerged in the past month with a couple strong new records — the single “New York Raining” with Rita Ora and “Correct” — and now he keeps the momentum going with just as strong of an appearance on Sway’s “5 Fingers of Death Freestyle”.

He clearly goes off the top across some feel-good classics and needless to say, impresses, with a flurry of slick references (love the Saved by The Bell mention) and when Sway suggests a series of topics towards the end. Hamilton’s lazy flow is a pretty suitable fit for all of the beats on display too and this is one engaging listen up above.

Damian Lillard “Sway Freestyle”

Dame Lillard, the best rapper in the NBA. Bar none.

Pun all intended as Damian puts down a ton of ’em in an impressive set of rhymes over “Dead Presidents” with Sway during this All-Star Weekend. No curses, no ‘n’ words and when he ups the flow at the end, whooo. The freestyle is a written, but that never bothers me if it’s quality. This it is. I knew Lillard was legit from casually following his 4 Bar Friday series, but this took it to another level. Watch Dame perform his day job tonite at the All-Star Game in MSG and no complaints if he wants to pick up another one down the line.

Lupe Fiasco interview + freestyle on Sway

We get a reflective Lupe Fiasco in one of his last interviews before he falls back from the spotlight after Tetsuo & Youth as he joins Sway in the Morning earlier today. In fact, he’s reflective in both the interview (below) and freestyle (above).

Lu literally tells the story of his various record deals and dealings in freestyle form, and does so impressively while leaving you intrigued for the next line. My favorite highlight of many: probably starting around the 3:45 mark. All over Souls of Mischief’s classic “93 Til Infinity”. Love that beat, but it also is pretty fast for a freestyle off the top. Lu adapts well though.

In the long sit-down below, Lupe is unfiltered and reflective about how Tetsuo & Youth came together, saying how he had about “7 soft ass songs” that Atlantic wanted for the album and when they all fell apart, the album that we have now started to come together. Lu calls Tetsuo & Youth a masterpiece and the more I listen, the more I have to agree.

More stories shine light on how “Choppa” came together (pretty funny anecdote in this one), the most Lupe’s talked about his beef with Kid Cudi and how they even met and were cool in the first place, and some more candid thoughts on the Chicago rap scene. I was trying to multitask while listening, but just stopped because I was so riveted with the interview. Press play and indulge for yourselves.

ICYMI: Lupe Fiasco performs “Deliver” on Late Night with Seth Meyers

Vince Staples “Sway in the Morning Freestyle”

Whoo, Vince Staples impressed on this one. Straight of the top, seemingly never-ending bars. Sway eggs him on with a couple of topics to, which Staples handles in stride. He also drops a lil line against President Obama in the process too. Interview below. Hell Can Wait EP coming soon..