Kanye West Premieres New Song "Wolves" Featuring Vic Mensa & Sia [Update: Listen To Higher Quality Version]
Right now in Brooklyn, Kanye West is hosting a fashion show for his new "Yeezy Boost" shoe, but attendees are getting much more than a runway show. Ye just played "Wolves", a new song featuring Vic Mensa and Sia, and said it'll be the first song on his new album. Text appeared on screens that informed people of the featured artists and placement on the tracklist. Check that out below, as well as a snippet snagged by someone in attendance.
Kanye West Shares "SWISH" Tracklist, Calls It "The Best Album Of All Time"
Not a peep was to be heard out of the West/Kardashian/Jenner camp this past Friday, as he (once more) failed on his promise to keep up with the weekly GOOD Friday releases. Last Monday morning, however, Kanye dropped the full version of "No Parties in LA," featuring Kendrick Lamar. Tonight (Jan.
Young Chop Calls Out Kanye West For Using Chicago Artists
Earlier today, Young Chop, the 21-year-old Chicago producer, inseparable from the come-ups of young artists like Chief Keef and Lil Reese, posted a series of Instagram videos, in which he called out an unnamed establishment of older Chicago industry folks who have a penchant for taking advantage of Chicago's young talent. He then specifically called out Kanye West, claiming that he is guilty of using Chicago artists for his own selfish reasons.
Vic Mensa Responds To Oasis Singer Liam Gallagher's Kanye West Insults
Kanye West recently debuted his latest single "All Day" at the 2015 Brit Awards in London. Most of the audience, including Taylor Swift, appeared to be blown away by the performance, which featured flamethrowers and a posse of about 100 people dressed in all black. Part of that group was Vic Mensa, who recently featured on "Wolves," Kanye's latest single before "All Day."
10 Essential Chance The Rapper Tracks
Chancelor Bennett is only 21 years old, but most of us know him as Chance The Rapper. It's through this moniker that he's brought his artistry to the world over the past few years.
Breakout Artists Of 2015
Before we get to sharing the bulk of our "best of" lists with you this year, it's time to highlight 2015's biggest surprises and success stories. The fifteen artists we've chosen for our breakout list seem even more diverse than those on last year's list, with different genres, voices, opinions, and even countries being represented here. Some have popped up on our radars in the past few months, others have been grinding for years before getting their big break.
Vic Mensa Speaks On Signing With Roc Nation; Reveals Title Of Next Project
On Tuesday, we found out that Vic Mensa is now officially the newest member of Jay Z’s Roc Nation label. With the buzz heavy, the Chicago rapper made his way by the Power 106 studios in LA and sat down with Justin Credible for a little on-air chat.
10 Essential Vic Mensa Tracks
Vic Mensa is barely old enough to drink, but that hasn't stopped this 21-year-old MC from livin' the life. After touring with Disclosure earlier this year, Mensa's popularity has been on the steady rise. The Chicago-bred MC has a friendship with Chance The Rapper, and the two frequently collaborate on stage and on tracks. Jams like "Suitcase" and "Tweakin'" have seen the two spit back and forth over some impressive beats.
Crew Love: Save Money
The Save Money crew is still pretty young to the rap game, but if the successes of members Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa are any indicator (both MCs have appeared on the new XXL Freshmen 2014 cover) it won’t take long for them to become a household name.
Vic Mensa Signs With Roc Nation Records
21-year-old Vic Mensa can now look at his haters and say, with impunity: "Oh u mad, huh?" He just signed with Roc Nation Records, the label owned by Jay Z, and that's a big deal for a guy who only has a mixtape and EP to his name (or any guy, really). He'll join J. Cole. Rita Ora, Jay Electronica, Willow Smith, DJ Mustard and Rihanna on the record label. Hova announced the news via Twitter today; view his tweet below.
Vic Mensa Plays A New Single Featuring Kanye West
Vic Mensa got his biggest break to date by singing on Kanye West's "Wolves", which will appear on So Help Me God. The collaboration doesn't stop there, though, as Kanye will also lend a verse to Vic's upcoming album.
Kanye West Throws Surprise Concert In London; Previews New Music With Vic Mensa
Kanye West continued his European trek Tuesday night with a surprise concert at KOKO in London, England. Running through his catalogue of hits, Yeezy decided to bring out some special guests to share the stage with tonight, including Big Sean, Raekwon, CyHi The Prynce, Skepta, and Vic Mensa.
Kanye West, Chance The Rapper, Travi$ Scott & More Performing At Summer Ends Festival
Summer Ends Festival seems to have hit it big this year. The festival goes down in Tempe, Arizona from September 24th until September 27th. This year's line-up includes headliner Kanye West, as well as performances from Travi$ Scott, Chance The Rapper, J. Cole, Kaytranada, Vic Mensa and G-Eazy scattered through out the four days. However if you're looking for a rap-themed day, you should hit up the Sunday, as that's when you'll catch Kanye, Travi$, Vic and producer Kaytranada.
Kanye West & Vic Mensa Put On Surprise Performance At Chance The Rapper's "Open Mike" Event
Over the past few months, Chance The Rapper has been hosting "Open Mike" nights for High School students in Chicago, getting kids off the streets and into poetry/music. Well for the students who decided to attend Monday night’s event were treated to quite the surprise.
Putting On For His City: Kanye West's Chicago Co-Signs
Although he once claimed to be "so Chi" that you thought he was bashful, Kanye West isn't frequently thought of as a quintessential Chicago rapper, with his global fame often overshadowing his ties to his hometown. Mr. West is unarguably the most popular rapper to ever come out of the Windy City, but the regional term "Chicago rap" is more likely to be associated with Common and No I.D., or even younger dudes like Chief Keef at this point.
Stream Young Chop's "Finally Rich Too" With Vic Mensa, Johnny May Cash & More
2012's Finally Rich may have been credited solely to Chief Keef, but you can't talk about the album without mentioning Young Chop. The producer behind Keef's breakout hits "Don't Like" and "Love Sosa" was an integral part of the rapper's jarring sound encapsulated on the project. While Keef has since continued into a more insular world, Chop has built a collective of producers and rappers with ChopSquad. Today, he's decided to provide a spiritual successor to Keef's debut with his current roster of artists, putting together Finally Rich Too.
Hip-Hop Reacts To The Death Of Freddie Gray & Baltimore Riots
On April 12, 25-year-old Freddie Gray was arrested in Baltimore for possession of a switchblade, though it's still not clear why he was pursued in the first place. Police claim Gray was apprehended without force, though bystanders have suggested otherwise, and video evidence shows Gray screaming while being forced into the police's van. What happened next is still being investigated, though by the time Gray arrived at the police station, he was unresponsive, unable to talk or breathe.
Travis Scott, Vic Mensa, Makonnen To Be Featured In New Alexander Wang Campaign
The rap and fashion worlds seem to intersecting more than ever these days, and that trend continues with the announcement of Alexander Wang's upcoming campaign. Creating an Instagram for the "WANGSQUAD," the brand announced a collection of 21 figures who would be contributing to the Wang image. Posted through individual Polaroid shots, Travis Scott, iLoveMakonnen, and Vic Mensa were among the group, as well as fellow artists like Alice Glass and Baauer. All of them impeccably dressed, as usual.
Vic Mensa Says Beyoncé "Loves" His Next Single In Fan Q&A
In the hour leading up to the release of his video for "U Mad," Vic Mensa opened his Tumblr to fan questions. Everything from the overly absurd ("do you like trains?") to the overly sincere ("do you believe in God?) was answered in a candid fashion, but we did manage to learn a thing or two from the Q&A. It seems the most common question was "would you ever collab with (insert favorite artist here)," with fans calling out for music with the likes of ASAP Rocky, Travis Scott, and Kid Cudi.
Drill Alternatives: The Other Side Of Chicago Rap
Commercial rap conversation often revolves around the same dozen or so artists, with the spotlight constricting further in regional rap discussions. This is especially true of Chicago.