Pennsylvania emcee Izzy Strange and Chicago’s Mick Jenkins link up again to enforce a term made notorious by the infamous Mobb Deep on their breakout track, “Shook Ones Pt. 2” on the new single, “Halfway Crooks”. Produced by Nate Fox, the new single delivers a traditional Hip-Hop vibe that’s been missing since the 90s. Both acts collaborate with aggressive lyrics, impactful hook, and the most promising new track from both fast-rising talents.

“Halfway Crooks” is the second release from Izzy Strange’s forthcoming mixtape, “Izzy Duz It”, which is set to drop this Halloween, October 31st. The mixtape also features underground Hip-Hop legend Blu.

Mick Jenkins is shining right now with his new single, “Understood” and his upcoming new album, Pieces of Me around the corner. Jenkins is making headlines for his high-profile single, “Bruce Banner”, where he mentions no one is on par with him other than Kendrick Lamar. Jenkins’ Pieces of Me arrives November 10th.

Izzy Strange issued a statement on the new single and the inspiration behind it. He states;

“In the path of success, you have to throw yourself completely into your goals. There’s no such thing as half assing your way to achievements. The people who put in the work, the 24/7 grind, are gonna be the ones that win. They are the people working while others are sleeping or are distracted by other aspects of life. If you really want something, you gotta go out and put the work in. There’s no whining in baseball and there’s no such thing as “Halfway Crooks”. The name of the song is a reference to the Mobb Deep track, “Shook Ones Pt. 2”.

I first received the beat from Nate Fox last November. It made me think off something old school, like early Wu-Tang. I was flipping through my notepad, just messing around with rhymes. I was going through alot at the time, so a grittiness came out when i recorded. I knew I wanted to get a feature for the song but wasn’t sure of who right away. Then, Mick Jenkins dropped his mixtape, “Or More ; The Anxious”. I heard the song “Happy Gilmore”and thought he’d be a perfect fit for this. I contacted him and before you knew it, we had “Halfway Crooks”, the bipolar opposite of last year’s single, “No One But Me”.”

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Izzy Strange ft. Mick Jenkins – “Halfway Crooks”

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