Vic Mensa Imagines Himself As A Superhero
Vic Mensa is the latest guest on Mass Appeal's "Super..." series. Earlier this year, we learned that Kendrick Lamar would name himself "Hard Body" and that his superpower would be "straight love." Mensa's character isn't quite as altruistic, as he says the main superpower of "Light Bright" would be to shine extremely brightly. He then throws invisibility and teleportation into the mix.
Vic Mensa "Down To Start A Riot" Documentary
After sharing the trailer yesterday, The FADER shares new Vic Mensa mini-doc Down to Start a Riot in its entirety. The doc follows Mensa as he walks through the Hyde Park section of Chicago, chills with the Save Money crew, and spits an a capella verse on a deserted subway platform. It also features interviews from such Mensa associates as Joey Purp and Towkio. "He really did what he always knew he was going to do," said his childhood friend Steven Ponce. "Like, damn, this guy is really about to change his life."
Vic Mensa "Down To Start A Riot" Documentary (Trailer)
Chicago’s Vic Mensa recently linked up with Fader to shoot an upcoming documentary called “Down To Start A Riot.” Spending a full week in the windy city, Fader decided to learn the path Vic had to take in order to get to where he is today, with first-hand commentary from his SAVEMONEY homies and those who saw it all go down. While we wait for the full documentary to arrive on Thursday, September 17, check out the brief trailer for it above. Shit looks pretty dope.
Vic Mensa Performs "No Chill" & "U Mad" At Pitchfork Festival
By now we've all heard Vic Mensa's recent banger "No Chill," in which Skrillex proves once and for all that his production abilities are not limited to dubstep and EDM. Between "No Chill" and "U Mad," Mensa is rapidly shaping a distinct sound for himself that departs from the more soul-based production he utilized on breakout mixtape Innanetape.
Vic Mensa Talks Drake’s Songwriting Scandal & More On Ebro In The Morning
While out in NYC this week, Vic Mensa decided to take time out of his busy schedule to make his way by the Hot 97 studios and chop it up with the gang from Ebro in The Morning. During their 13 minute chat, the Chicago rapper talks about the upcoming “Chiraq” film, his thoughts on the Sandra Bland incident, wrestling, and the scandal surrounding ghostwriting and Drake, which he says is “petty”. “I think Drake is enormously talented and not just a rapper…he’s a franchise.” - Vic
Vic Mensa Covers Future's "Codeine Crazy" At Pitchfork Music Festival
Pitchfork Music Festival is happening this weekend, and being based in Chicago, it's hosted a good number of local rap acts. Chance will be closing the 3-day fest tonight, but there were also appearances from bop sensations Sicko Mobb during Future Brown's performance, as well as a full set from Vic Mensa.
Vic Mensa Performs "No Chill" On Revolt TV
Vic Mensa stopped by Revolt TV recently to perform Skrillex-produced uberbanger "No Chill" off his forthcoming major label debut album Traffic. Mensa debuted the track at a show in L.A. last week, and this time around got a live band to assist him. Still waiting on that studio version -- if you thought he turned it up to 11 with "U Mad," wait until the "No Chill" CDQ drops.
Vic Mensa Freestyles Over Classic Ice Cube Instrumentals
Ever since he got the nod from Kanye West, Vic Mensa has been steadily accumulating hype. On top of releasing his Kanye West-assisted single, "U Mad," the Chicago rapper has been making sure to do radio freestyle son a pretty regular basis, and his most recent stop at Power 106 was yet another impressive showing.
Vic Mensa Debuts "No Chill" Feat. Skrillex And "3 AM" In L.A.
Vic Mensa debuted a pair of new tracks during his performance at Echoplex in L.A. Thursday night. The first was "No Chill," which incorporates Allen Iverson's "practice" speech into its hook. Skrillex apparently handled the production and goddamn if the man's 808 game isn't on point. The song's enormous sound is immediately apparent even through this fan's grainy smartphone footage. "No Chill" song has all the trappings of a single, and based on this video it would be a big surprise if it doesn't end up on Traffic.
Vic Mensa Feat. Kanye West "U Mad" Video
Vic Mensa Feat. Kanye West
Vic Mensa got arguably the biggest look of his career to date when Kanye West produced and rapped on his latest track, "U Mad," back in March. It'll be the first single on Mensa's upcoming album Traffic, and today, it gets a video.
Vic Mensa Performs "U Mad" On Hip Hop Nation
Vic Mensa received the co-sign of all co-signs when Kanye West brought him out to perform their duet, "Wolves" on SNL, and since them the rapper has continued on a higher platform, releasing his triumphant banger, "U Mad," last month, which also received a little help from Mr. West.
Charles Hamilton & Vic Mensa Have An Impromptu Cypher
Charles Hamilton & Vic Mensa
Charles Hamilton and Vic Mensa are about as different from one another as underground-minded rappers can be. After starting in a very indie mindset, Mensa has pretty much shed that affiliation altogether, especially after signing to Roc Nation, and Hamilton (despite a new record deal himself) became famous for how averse he was to mainstream contact. Today though, we get to see them brush shoulders in an impromptu cypher.
Vic Mensa Speaks On Kanye West, Signing To Roc Nation
Here goes another sit-down with Vic Mensa, also from his NYC press run. In addition to chopping it up with Sway In The Morning, the Chicago native chopped it up with MTV.
Vic Mensa Freestyles On Sway In The Morning, Shares Advice From Jay Z
Vic Mensa is definitely coming up in the world, in part thanks to a major Kanye West co-sign (that includes a verse from Ye on his hard-hitting single "U Mad"). While Vic was in New York, he did the press rounds which included a visit to Sway In The Morning.
Watch Vic Mensa Sign To Roc Nation
Back in February, Vic Mensa went from Freshmen to rising superstar after singing on Kanye West's "Wolves." He's now got 'Ye on his own record, "U Mad," and just last week, he signed to Jay Z's Roc Nation. And he hasn't even put out an album yet.
Vic Mensa Freestyles Over Future's "Commas"
After his in depth interview with Justin Credible where he talked about his new deal with Roc Nation and upcoming project Traffic, Chicago’s Vic Mensa was asked to take to the mic and spit some bars.
Watch Vic Mensa Perform "Wolves" In Chicago
The last time we heard "Wolves" live was when Kanye West, with Vic Mensa and Australian singer Sia at his side, officially debuted the song in an epic performance during SNL's 40th anniversary show. "Wolves" has since propelled 21-year-old Vic Mensa into the mainstream eye, and last night, during a last-minute surprise show in his hometown of Chicago, he showed he can perform the So Help Me God track just fine on his own.
Kanye West Performs "Jesus Walks", "Only One" & "Wolves" On SNL 40
After a busy weekend that included the unveiling of his "Yeezy: Season 1" collection with adidas, Kanye West went to NBC Studios to perform on the 40th anniversary special of Saturday Night Live. Kanye is part of a massive array of guest stars that are set to appear on tonight's show, including, on the musical side, 50 Cent and Paul McCartney.
Vic Mensa Performs "Wimme Nah" At #Uncapped In NYC
Vic Mensa has been experimenting with plenty of different production styles over the last little while, including rapping over Disclosure, and going full UK Dance with his mostly sung venture, "Down On My Luck". "Wimme Nah" does a good job of merging a few of his different styles, recruiting Montreal's Kaytranada to supply the instrumental, who pulls from both overseas electronic and American hip hop.
Vic Mensa At Mad Decent Block Party (Recap)
Following his time at Lollapalooza couple weeks back, Chicago’s own Vic Mensa made his way out to the Philly, Brooklyn, and Boston dates for this year’s Mad Decent Block Party tour. With a camera following his every move, Vic shares this new recap video showing his time while out East. The video gives fans a closer look into life on the road for Vic and his Save Money Crew, with flashes of his performances being played throughout it as well. At one point, Vic even rocks out to Bobby Shmurda's "Hot Nigga" track while on stage and hits the shmoney dance.