Stars & Hype Forever: Vic Mensa
Stars & Hype Forever is your in-depth guide to what’s next in hip hop. Each week we profile an artist you need to know about, first up we have SaveMoney's Vic Mensa.
Adrian Says: Vic Mensa has come a long way in a short span since leaving Kids These Days, you can see the significant change in his lyrical content and flow. Dude is an uproar, chock-full of spontaneous one liners that are likely to be coined in your everyday slang. Everything he raps feels genuine, reflecting the mind of your everyday 19 year-old on the grind, causing mischief, dabbling in drugs, and all-around young fun. He won’t be overshadowed by Chance The Rapper for much longer. As he continues to refine his sound and release quality tracks and visuals a la “Orange Soda,” expect Mensa to make his mark on the Chi-Town scene in a big way.
Dre Says: Wasting no time after the break up of Kids These Days, Vic Mensa has begun to introduce the music world to his quick-witted, smart rhymes that often skirt the line between singing and rapping, filling in the gaps with his own sort of melody. Toting a positivity that most rappers can’t claim, Mensa remains grounded about the world around him, “They made a list of Chicago rappers and they skipped me / Maybe it’s because I’m so much more / Forget what you’re not this is about what you are.” He’s bold, but not careless with his choice of words, making it clear that he’s got something to prove.
Instances of soul, jazz and this insatiable, doo-wop-tinged sound float above Vic’s smartly worded lyrics about the music industry, politics, love, fear and everything in between. His music is more than a catchy chorus or gimmicky concept, it’s relatable. Vic Mensa is hip hop’s Holden Caulfield – we’re all coming of age together, and he’s just telling our story for us. When Adrian and I interviewed Mensa we asked him if he felt he had found his sound yet, and while he didn’t really answer our question, I realize now, asking that is like asking “What do you want to be when you grow up?” The INNANETAPE is Mensa’s coming of age tale in song form. There are moments of sheer brilliance, (that have nothing to do with his age), and other points that feel exploratory and new. For as great as I know this tape is going to be, I can’t wait to hear what is still yet to be created.