Mikkey Halsted – The Dark Room [Tracklist + Production Credits]

Andrew Barber

Hey, in case you didn’t hear, Mikkey Halsted’s highly anticipated album, The Dark Room, finally drops tomorrow.  It’s been a long time coming and I’m glad the world is finally going to hear the official debut from Mikkey.  I first went in to the studio with Mikk about three years ago, when he was loosely working on Chicago: The Photo Album, and since then I’ve heard him create some of the most amazing and intelligent hip-hop music in my 20+ years of being a fan.  I was quickly drawn into his powerful and militant lyrics and also his ear for picking dope and unique beats.  Over the past few years, the public has heard some excellent music from Mikk, but it’s always just been the tip of the iceberg, as I knew the world hadn’t yet heard his best work – the stuff Mikk was sitting on until the right time.  Well, the time is now, and the album is here.  The drop date is tomorrow, and I urge not only fans of Chicago hip hop, but hip hop fans in general to spend a few dollars and pick it up.  A lot of time, money, blood, sweat and tears went into this project, and I know you won’t be disappointed.  Below I’m going to highlight a few of my favorite joints (even though I love the entire project), and you can hit the jump for the full tracklist and production credit lineup.  Be sure to pick up The Dark Room (executive produced by No I.D.) tonight at Leaders1354 (he’s hosting an in-store there from 6-8p) or tomorrow on iTunes, Amazon and Rhapsody.

Cameras Ready (Prod. by 1120)
There’s a chance you heard an early version of “Cameras Ready” a while back, but in my opinion, there’s no better way to kick off an album than this one. Mikk takes you through the entire city of Chicago and gives you a look into what to expect from the album ahead of you.

N****z Just Complain (Prod. by The Legendary Traxster)
Traxster and Mikkey?  Need I say more?   I like to think of this as “Liquor Store Pt. 2”, with Mikkey spitting over some classic (and super eerie) Traxster production.   You’re really going to love this pairing.

Field N**** Blues feat. Freddie Gibbs & B.J. The Chicago Kid (Prod. by No I.D.)
You loved Mikkey and Freddie’s first collabo, “On My Own”, right?   Well, throw B.J. The Chicago Kid on the hook and have No I.D. lace a laid back, piano-driven beat and you’ve got a problem. Look for the Brandon “N2ition” Riley-directed video to drop soon, and really bring this one to life.

Frozen feat. Kamilah Sumner (Prod. by Prolyfic)
When I first heard this track, I immediately hit Prolyfic and told him this sounded like a Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers version of a hip-hop song. Crazy beat, intriguing story, beautiful singing.  A classic tale of a good girl gone bad, who’s now gone forever.

Get Money feat. The Cool Kids (Prod. by No I.D.)
No I.D., who produced the bulk of this album, really snapped on this one. Think of his best work from Blueprint 3, mix that with a haunting middle eastern sample and some of the hardest drums you’ve ever heard and you’ve got money.   This is perhaps my favorite pairing of Mikkey and Dion ever.  I’m glad this track was guarded closely and wasn’t scooped up by a major label artist with a million dollar budget.

Soul of a Gangsta feat. Count (of L.E.P. Bogus Boys), Sly Polaroid & J. Hollins (Prod. by Emmaculate)
Are you kidding me? Three of the hardest spitting emcees to ever rep for the city of Chicago on the same track?  If Bump would’ve been out to have appeared on this the world would’ve exploded.

1.) Intro
2.) Cameras Ready (Prod. by 1120)
3.) Interlude
4.) Talk Through Me (Prod. by No I.D.)
5.) N****z Just Complain (Prod. by The Legendary Traxster)
6.) Field N**** Blues feat. Freddie Gibbs & B.J. The Chicago Kid (Prod. by No I.D.)
7.) Talkin’ About Freedom (Performed by Syl Johnson)
8.) Respect Mine (Prod. by No I.D.)
9.) Hustlaz Need Love Too (Prod. by David D.A. Doman)
10.) Awthentik (Performed by Awthentik)
11.) Frozen feat. Kamilah Sumner (Prod. by Prolyfic)
12.) First Class (Prod. by Prolyfic)
13.) Get Money feat. The Cool Kids & Jamal Smallz (Prod. by No I.D.)
14.) Reading of the Scripture (Performed by J. Ivy)
15.) Soul of a Gangsta feat. Count (of L.E.P. Bogus Boys), Sly Polaroid & J. Hollins (Prod. by Emmaculate)
16.) Story Unfold (Prod. by Keyzz)
17.) The Exorcist (Prod. by No I.D.)
18.) Runnin’ My City feat. Bun B, Killer Mike, Crooked I, Chip Tha Ripper, Gillie Da Kid & Mistah Fab (Prod. by SC)
19.) The Dark Room Skit
20.) Keep Rollin feat. Rico (Prod. by Odd Couple)


  • Show Comments (17)

  • Mpulse

    Looks and sounds dope. The features look dope too, I really like how basically all of the features and production are Chicago based for the most part. I can’t wait to cop it n check it out.

  • El Problemo

    Dammmmmm I gotta hear this. Sorry Mikkey, Im like a kid at Christmas (shout to the no Christmas song). This really really sounds amazing!!

  • Elementz Emcee

    Damn! I think I might have to go to Leaders tonight!

  • HoopsinView

    Field Niggaz about to be too ridiculous.

  • Vietnam net

    Color me excited

  • Chi Cargo

    Gotta hear it. I wont buy it unless I can sample it. But its def caught my interest.

  • Chrissy Corey

    Awww Shit. I Been Waiting Years For This Shit..I BETTER Be Able To Find A Hard Copy In Milwaukee 2MORROW

  • Music Flow

    Odd Couple All Day!

  • 312773

    Congrtas to DR Halsted

  • 312773

    Hey I didn’t see it on Itunes yet I wanted to Pre Order any clue?

  • J4Management

    The i-tunes link will be up and live at 9am!



    9 ? shit im gonna be @ work by then. i was hoping for midnight or something. Its as good as bought by the time i get home though

  • Kenlo Key

    mikk is dope fam…

  • mikeflo

    this is paramount!
    i’m sooooo very proud of my guy and this accomplishment.
    salute comrade.

  • MV

    I’m a big fan of Mr. Halsted… I pre-ordered a hard copy, but since that’ll arrive here in January most likely I’ll cop a digital copy tonight as well.

  • J.Hollins

    Ummm…I dig the album, I even purchased it but I don’t get album credit in the track listing for a hook that I wrote and sang? Wow! Interesting…Mikkey and I seriously need to have a conversation.

  • Griffen312

    This nigga is dope as fuck…

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