Whether you’re a hip-hop head or you just dabble in the genre, you’re not going to want to miss Vic Mensa at Social Hall on Friday night. This is a late show, so even if you’re spending the day at Outside Lands Music Festival, head on over afterward for a night cap.
Being from the Bay Area, I was not too familiar with Chicago native Vic Mensa. It wasn’t until he was featured in Kanye West’s song “Wolves” that dropped in February of this year that he fully caught my attention. His voice, above all else, is what really tied the song together. It’s as if Mensa embodied the soul of the song and became the ‘wolf.’
After hearing “Wolves,” I scoured the Internet for more Mensa and found his 2013 mixtape, INNANETAPE. The mixtape just reassured what I already knew about his talents as well as showcased his depth as an artist. Mensa can not only sing and freestyle bars straight off the top, but he is also a brilliant, gifted writer.
Mensa can carry an entire song just with his voice. This is evident by his song “Down on My Luck,” where not once in the entirety of the song does Mensa switch up the vocals and go into rapping. His freestyles are unreal with the passion he puts into them. He spits with raw emotion, his body in constant motion and appears to be caught in an array of imagery in his own mind.
In June, Mensa dropped EP There’s Alot Going On, establishing his place among young acts on the cusp of stardom. He has worked with everybody from Jay Z to Damon Albarn, and at the tender age of 23 he has a very promising and bright future ahead of him as long as he keeps up what he is already doing. Expect to hear “Alot” of the new EP Friday night, check out the video for the title track to get in the right frame of mind.
He headlines the Social Hall on August 5th in SF, and I, for one, am very excited to see him live and see what he can bring to the table.
Get your tickets here before they sell out!
Photo credit: Jake Osmun