I’ve referred to Mike G as “Odd Future’s secret weapon” so many times that it’s basically a personal cliche. Where the other member of that crew get over on growling theatrics or head-spinning lyrical density, Mike is the one who lays back in the cut, oozing style and technical proficiency all over his tracks, never attracting attention to himself. Mike is about to follow up his 2011 Award Tour mixtape with a new EP called Award Tour II. He calls first single “Highlights” “my favorite song that I’ve made thus far.” It comes with an old, unused Tyler, The Creator beat, from the era that Tyler was using the Ace Creator production moniker. And I wish Tyler still made beats this year; it’s a bloopy boom-bap shuffle that fits Mike’s easy delivery like a glove. Listen below.
Award Tour II is out 1/26 on Odd Future Records.