<em>"Lyrics stick to ya ribs"</em>
- Geek & Sci-Fi
First, <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/?p=323575">Q-Tip hinted</a> that G.
Mikkey called MMM Season <a href="http://mikkeyhalsted.tumblr.com/post/32311905397/my-new-album-mmm-season-has-just-dropped-go-get">an "album"</a> and I'd have to agree.
The title of Mikkey Halsted's project MMM Season doesn't include a typo, despite the unnecessary Ms.
As perhaps Chicago's best rapping sociologist, leave it to Mikkey Halsted to address the city's dire straits - from the school system to violence in the streets - using the mic as his medium and weapon of choice on a remix to Lil Durk's "L's Up" and while doing a guest spot for rising Windy City MC Tree's "Damn Near.
"The common denominator between Chief Keef and Common.
Crack rap continues to make a comeback, but not the type we typically think of.
Mikkey Halsted has always walked that line between saint and sinner so well in his raps, taking on the role of one who doesn't want to do bad but knows the options are few so bad is what you do.
Mikkey Halsted has existed for years on the periphery of the Hip-Hop mainstream.
Chicago's reputation as a war zone paints the city with tears, blood and hopelessness to those in and outside city limits.
While most rappers are busy pretending they're knocking down your lady, <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/mikkey-halsted">Mikkey Halsted</a> is scoring points close to home with "I Got It," a sultry dedication to the apple of his eye.
<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/mikkey-halsted">Mikkey</a> returns to tell tales of sweet songs called survival with "Another Day In The Ghetto," equipped with production by <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/tha-bizness">Tha Bizness</a> and a mean Biggie sample.
Nearly a month to the day after dropping their Chicago summer inspired lullaby, Mikkey Halsted and Twista double up with the liberation of the video prescription to <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2011/05/new-music-mikkey-halsted-linen">"Linen."</a> The two Chi-Town Blackhawks tour the city with enough eye candy to produce cavities as they explain the fruits of the Windy City's much beloved sights when there isn't 30 feet of snow on the ground.
<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2011/05/download-kidz-in-the-hall-semester-abroad-mixtape">Summertime Chi As life would have it, I was only able to spend a few months as a Chicago resident. At least it was during the summer though. The city was alive with culture, food, history, sports and the best mild sauce man could ever ask for. Not to mention, the Ralph Lauren store on Michigan Avenue still brings a lone tear to my eye. Had I still paid been paying my taxes in the Chi, <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/mikkey-halsted">Mikkey Halsted's</a> summertime ready "Linen" would find itself as apart of my daily routine.
<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2011/01/new-music-kidz-in-the-hall-so-amzin"> Inspired by their "Brain Candy" series and most likely plenty of wild, drunken nights, Naledge and Double O have embarked on another international adventure in between projects. Semester Abroad highlights the Kidz' fantastic G.P.A. over the past few months and few of the classmates (Curren$y, Smoke DZA, tabi Bonney, The Kid Daytona, etc.) helping them cheat through language arts class. When in Rome... Be sure to tune into <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/kidzinthehall">their official YouTube channel</a> for the past Brain Candy installments.
<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2011/01/review-of-mikkey-halsted-the-dark-room"> "Look, Satan, I cast you out of Hip-Hop, in the name of Yahshua, Be healed, be restored to the days you were pure..." Halsted's Dark Room managed to slip under most radars, which is kind of disappointing but to be expected to a certain extent. Rapping with a sense of accountability to others outside of your immediate circle doesn't always gain the same traction as rapping about b*tches and blunts. Somehow we drifted onto a similar topic in <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2011/04/the-talib-kweli-mini-mix">the comments section</a> of the Talib mix.
<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/11/agacee-win"> Fresh off rubbing elbows with us at SXSW, <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/agacee">Agacee</a> gets back to the grind with this party posse track.
<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/12/download-mikkey-halsted-feat-bun-b-killer-mike-crooked-i-chip-tha-ripper-mistah-fab-and-gillie-da-kid-%e2%80%93-runnin%e2%80%99-my-city">Words by C. Paicely “We go to the Arabs for our liquor. Mexicans cut our grass. The Indians sell us doughnuts. The Jews loan us cash. The Egyptians do our hair. Chinese do our nails. The government gives us dope, then Whitey throws us in jail.” Mikkey Halsted is a name some of us have heard floating around since there was a Cash Money Records to speak of. If you know him, it is as a skilled lyricist, social commentator, and impressive storyteller. If not, The Dark Room serves as an apt introduction. Opening up without music as Mikkey picks apart every level of oppression he’s experienced, properly introducing the bleak enclosure the album plans to be. Halsted attempts to be our enlightened friend, willing to pull us out of Plato’s cave and show us what the real world looks like. In “Talk Thru Me,” Mikkey teaches us the lessons he learned from his fallen friends and inspirations, but never quite hits his lyrical stride on the track. He must’ve been saving the heat for “Niggas Just Complain,” an emotional head-banger full of piano-key plucking and racial inequity. Halsted maintains this anger throughout most of the album, peaking on “Respect Mine,” a track fueled by frustration at those that would begrudge the Chi-town veteran a late entry into the upper echelon. On routine, the production on The Dark Room often straddles the fence between nothing special and lackluster. Even with beats from No I.D. sprinkled throughout the effort, we get largely forgettable sound beds, with the most catchy head-nodder being the album's early single, "<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/11/mikkey-halsted%e2%80%93the-exorcist">The Exorcist</a>.
<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/12/download-mikkey-halsted-feat-bun-b-killer-mike-crooked-i-chip-tha-ripper-mistah-fab-and-gillie-da-kid-%e2%80%93-runnin%e2%80%99-my-city">Words by C. Paicely Dark alleys, seedy women and sweltering nightclubs all fit into <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/mikkey-halsted">Mikkey Halsted</a> and <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/brandon-n2ition-riley">N2ition’s</a> vision of ‘20s Chicago, not to mention the most dapper version of gritty Gibbs we’ve seen.