New Vic Mensa Songs, Mixtapes & Videos


2017-08-17-vic-mensa-criticizes-president-obama

Vic Mensa Criticizes President Obama for Not Doing More to Curb Chicago Violence [Feature ]

Chicago emcee Vic Mensa, who is fresh off the release of his Roc Nation debut, The Autobiography, recently sat down with OG interviewer Larry King to discuss, among other things, mental health in the Black community,... Read More

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From JAY-Z to Vic Mensa, What Comes After the Confessional Rap Album? [Feature ]

Several years into the “golden age of television,” a trope that has emerged is the newfound inclusion of visibly flawed protagonists in virtually every critically acclaimed drama. Across the approximately... Read More

2017-07-27-vic-mensa-the-autobiography-album-review

Vic Mensa ‘The Autobiography’ 1 Listen Album Review [Feature ]

Chicago is the home of prestigious sons who have left unforgettable marks on hip-hop’s history. The Chi has raised boys into poets who will be remembered for spilling ink into music’s mainstream. Men who lacked... Read More

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Vic Mensa Removed a Diss Line From ‘The Autobiography’ Because of JAY-Z [Feature ]

Vic Mensa isn't exactly known for biting his tongue, but as we've seen over the past year or so, the Chicago emcee has matured quite a bit. In a new interview with Big Boy, Mensa was asked to share the best advice... Read More

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Vic Mensa & The Never-Ending Pursuit of Freedom [Feature ]

The most appealing thing about Vic Mensa is his willingness to admit to his mistakes. When There’s Alot Going On dropped last summer, I was caught off guard by the brazen honesty the Chicago native displayed... Read More

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How Pharrell Helped Vic Mensa Turn Self-Loathing & Doubt Into Ego Death [Feature ]

Vic Mensa has grown up a lot over the past five years. While Mensa himself is responsible for most of that growth—the result of kicking a nasty drug addiction and improving his mental health—he also had some help... Read More

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Vic Mensa vs. J. Cole: Comparing Two Roads to Roc Nation Stardom [Feature ]

Two weeks. Vic Mensa’s major label debut, The Autobiography, will be here in two weeks. To call the album long-awaited would be a delicate description. Most fans have anticipated Vic’s big release since... Read More

2017-07-18-kendrick-lamar-vic-mensa-hollywood-la

How Kendrick Lamar’s Unreleased “Uncle Bobby Pt. Two” Became Vic Mensa’s “Hollywood LA” [Feature ]

Yesterday, I published my Beat Break interview with Cam O’bi, the super talented producer behind Chance The Rapper’s “Cocoa Butter Kisses,” Isaiah Rashad’s “Free Lunch,” SZA’s... Read More

2017-07-14-vic-mensa-on-rappers-who-beat-up-women

Vic Mensa Calls Out Rappers Who Beat Up Women: “They’re Cowards” [Feature ]

Like the rest of us, Vic Mensa has seen a number of rappers rise up the ranks over the past year with domestic violence and rape charges attached to their profile and he's deeply disturbed by this growing trend.... Read More

2017-06-08-how-vic-mensa-turned-me-into-the-fan-i-hated

How Vic Mensa Turned Me Into the Music Fan I Always Hated [Feature ]

Before joining the DJBooth squad, I spent three years on the digital marketing team at Strange Music, label home to Tech N9ne, ¡MAYDAY! and an ever-growing roster of independent talent. Two of the many valuable lessons... Read More

2017-04-10-lil-yachty-hate-over

Hating on Lil Yachty is Officially Out of Style [Feature ]

During a free show this past Saturday evening on the campus of the University of Cincinnati, Vic Mensa took a shot at everyone's favorite red-braided rapper, spitting "Then I signed to the 'Roc now they say I'm... Read More

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7 Best Rap Protest Songs of 2016 [Feature ]

Over the last couple weeks, I’ve seen a few memes on my Twitter timeline that compare how we entered 2016—smiling and happy—with how the year has ended: an absolute mess. They’re obviously meant to be... Read More

2016-12-14-vic-mensa-crushes-back-to-back-features-kami-injury-reserve

Vic Mensa Crushes Back-to-Back Guest Features For KAMI & Injury Reserve [Feature ]

Vic Mensa is an incredibly versatile artist, a trait that surely had a hand in his being signed to Roc Nation, and over the course of 2016 we’ve gotten to witness a full range of his abilities. On his... Read More

2016-11-15-vic-mensa-says-donald-trump-victory-had-to-happen

Vic Mensa Says Donald Trump’s Victory “Had To Happen” [Feature ]

Across the nation, people are feeling hopeless after Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election, but artists like Vic Mensa are finding a whole new level of motivation in the fight for justice. Mensa has... Read More

2016-11-03-vic-mensa-on-lil-wayne

Vic Mensa Labels Lil Wayne’s BLM Stance an “Ignorant, Selfish & Isolated Position to Take” [Feature ]

Over the past year, Vic Mensa has become a voice for frustrated black youth. His musical movement toward politics and activism can be heard on his excellent 2016 release There's Alot Going On, an EP that includes "16... Read More

2016-10-28-10-artists-missing-from-spotifys-top-25-under-25-list

10 Artists Missing From Spotify’s Top 25 Under 25 List [Feature ]

As Spotify continues to dominate the streaming landscape, the platform has become useful as a tool to measure an artist’s buzz and relevance, as we recently detailed with hip-hop’s limited representation... Read More

2016-10-24-vic-mensa-16-shots-video

Vic Mensa’s “16 Shots” Video is a Gut-Wrenching Portrait of Police Brutality [Feature ]

Vic Mensa has gone through a very emphatic transformation in recent years, and I’m not talking about his rock star appearance or Roc Nation allegiance. When he left Kids These Days and released his debut solo project... Read More

2016-09-27-vic-mensa-voice-for-black-youth

Vic Mensa Has Become the Voice for Frustrated Black Youth [Feature ]

We didn’t know how political Vic Mensa could get until the past year, when he more avidly began marching and protesting, even clashing with police—and when he released There’s Alot Going On, a powerful seven... Read More

2016-09-14-mick-jenkins-chance-vic-project

Relax, Mick Jenkins, Chance The Rapper & Vic Mensa Don’t Have a Joint Project [Feature ]

Earlier today (September 14), Mick Jenkins did a Q&A with Twitter Music. Fans asked him everything from who his favorite emcee is right now — to which he answered his A Quest For Love tourmate Smino... Read More

2016-08-11-vic-mensa-jay-z-new-music

Vic Mensa On Jay Z’s New Music: “It’s Fresh As F*ck” [Feature ]

In an interview about his upcoming album and social injustice, Vic Mensa made a comment about Jay Z that will get fans excited. “I've heard a little bit of some Hov shit and it's fresh as fuck, but I can't... Read More

2016-08-04-vic-mensa-talks-acid-trip

Vic Mensa on Near Death Acid Trip: “I’m Just Glad It Wasn’t a Real Pistol” [Feature ]

While Vic Mensa's music has been taking on a more conscious, political tone of late, one of the most startling lines from his powerful There’s A lot Going On EP mentioned a situation where he nearly killed... Read More

2016-07-27-need-to-hear-vic-mensa-joey-purp-sway-freestyle

Holy Sh*t You Need to Hear Vic Mensa & Joey Purp’s Sway Freestyle [Feature ]

Not everyone needs to be able to freestyle like crazy to be a dope emcee. Some emcees are more vibe and energy oriented, others are so meticulous about their lyricism that everything needs to be carefully written down ahead... Read More

2016-07-26-vic-mensa-traffic-album-remake

Vic Mensa Cancels “Traffic” to Make More Personal Album [Feature ]

Vic Mensa still has a new album on the way, but it won’t be the one his fans have been waiting for. In an interview with AllHipHop, the Chicago native said that after finishing his... Read More

2016-06-23-vic-mensa-scooter-braun

Vic Mensa Makes Play for the Mainstream, Signs With Mega-Manager Scooter Braun [Feature ]

Billboard is reporting that budding superstar and Roc Nation signee Vic Mensa has signed a management deal with mega-manager Scooter Braun, best known as Justin Bieber's longtime manager. Mensa is one of... Read More

2016-06-10-brotherhood-chance-the-rapper-vic-mensa

Family Matters: The Brotherhood of Chance the Rapper & Vic Mensa [Feature ]

Rap's always had a strong sense of comradery. Collectives and crews seem like families, a brotherhood with a "my brother’s keeper" mentality. Breakups aren’t seen as artists going their separate ways but the... Read More

2016-06-03-vic-mensa-thought-i-knew

There’s a Lot Going on Behind the Vic Mensa I Thought I Knew [Feature ]

Since “U Mad” I’ve been quick to get on Vic Mensa's case. I’ve written, tweeted, and talked with anyone who would listen about the fall of Vic Mensa during his rise. I loved Innanetape, and... Read More

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Vic Mensa - There’s Alot Going On EP [Album]

It's been three years since Chicago emcee Vic Mensa released his last full-length project, INNANETAPE. Before delivering his Roc Nation debut, Traffic, later this year, Mensa and his label have decided to unleash There's Alot... Read More

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Vic Mensa & Skrillex - No Chill [Stream]

Update: The visuals for Skrillex and Vic Mensa’s Blessings single have been added. Do not ask Vic Mensa and Skrillex to chill, for they have No Chill whatsoever. We caught a glimpse of their collaborative single last... Read More

2016-02-14-vic-mensa-drake-danger

Vic Mensa Dissing Drake Is Dumb, Not Dangerous [Feature ]

Look, there's new music from a Chicago emcee! No, not that Chicago emcee. As the world plays The Life Of Pablo on endless loop, Vic Mensa has rather quietly released the final version... Read More

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The State of Chicago Hip-Hop: No End In Sight [Feature ]

Three years ago things were just getting exciting around Chicago. Chief Keef had just made the country take a collective gulp as he shoved guns into the lens of a Handicam protected by his thick mop of locks, Kids These Days... Read More

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Vic Mensa - All That Shines [Stream]

Vic Mensa likes releasing new tunes on Friday. Following Codeine Crazy (Icarus Story) and I Been, the Chicago native has unleashed All That Shines, produced by Stefan Ponce and Peter Cottontale and Mensa himself. Read More

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Vic Mensa - I Been [Stream]

Roc Nation signee Vic Mensa has released I Been, a promo single produced by Smoko Ono, Mike Dean, Carter Lang and Papi Beatz. Like No Chill and Codeine Crazy, this latest effort is not slated to appear on the Chicago... Read More

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Did Vic Mensa Lift “U Mad” From a French Rapper? [Feature ]

Vic Mensa has had quite a newsworthy 24 hours. Initially he generated headlines for "Heir To The Throne," a brand new freestyle that he unleashed last night. The freestyle seemed to contain some very... Read More

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Vic Mensa - Codeine Crazy (Icarus Story) [Stream]

Vic Mensa, with the help of producers Papi Beatz and Stefan Ponce, has released Codeine Crazy (Icarus Story), a re-worked version of a Future record of the same name that can be found on his Monster mixtape. Read More

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Justine Skye - I’m Yours ft. Vic Mensa [Stream]

With her Emotionally Unavailable EP becoming available itself tomorrow, June 23, Atlantic signee Justine Skye drops off one more leak from the project, entitled I’m Yours. Resident Booth favorite Vic Mensa lends his... Read More

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Vic Mensa - U Mad ft. Kanye West [Stream]

Update: The Grant Singer-directed visuals for Vic Mensa’s U Mad single have been added. Two months ago, Kanye shook up the ‘net when he previewed Wolves, a record off his forthcoming album with Sia and Vic Mensa.... Read More

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Leather Corduroys - Have U Eva ft. Vic Mensa [Stream]

Leather Corduroys, the Chicago duo made up of SaveMoney members Joey Purp and KAMI (formerly Kami de Chukwu), made waves with their Chance The Rapper-assisted I Told You So on the second day of 2015. Four months later, they... Read More

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Vic Mensa - Down On My Luck (Chuck Inglish Version) [Stream]

Long before Vic Mensa announced he was signed to Roc Nation, back when he was a Mindie artist signed to a deal with Virgin EMI, the Chicago emcee released Down On My Luck. 11 months later, Mensa’s debut single,... Read More

2015-04-23-vic-mensa-signed-roc-nation-mindie

How Long Has Vic Mensa Been Signed to Roc Nation? #TheMindieProject [Feature ]

As soon as the news that Vic Mensa had become the latest artist to join the Roc Nation family, I knew what my Twitter mentions were going to look like, and sure enough.... No longer mindie, @RefinedHype...... Read More

2015-04-23-vic-mensa-commas-la-leakers-freestyle

Vic Mensa - Commas (L.A. Leakers Freestyle) [Stream]

Fresh off of his signing to Roc Nation, Vic Mensa stopped into LA radio station Power 106 to sit down with the L.A. Leakers how it all went down. Even better, the Windy City buzzmaker decided to drop some bars by hopping on... Read More

2015-04-13-u-mad-vic-mensa

I’m Not Mad at Vic Mensa, I Just Miss the Old Vic Mensa [Feature ]

Ever had an ex get engaged? Ever had an ex get engaged 10 months after you broke up?  It's...complicated. Trust me, I know from experience. I'm happy with where I'm at and I'm definitely happy we... Read More

2015-02-17-vic-mensa-shakedown-99

Vic Mensa - Shakedown ‘99 [Stream]

Last Sunday night, millions of viewers were able to catch a crouching Vic Mensa flex his singing chops on the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special, when he joined Kanye West and Sia (both similarly hunched down) for a... Read More

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Towkio ft. Vic Mensa - Involved [Stream]

Judging by the SaveMoney affiliates we’ve featured in the Booth to date, pretty much everyone Involved with the Chi-Town collective is talented as f**k. Feature numero uno from Towkio only offers more support for that... Read More

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Kaytranada ft. Vic Mensa - Drive Me Crazy [Stream]

The last time we heard these two diverse artists together, Chi-town’s Vic Mensa was spazzing over a futuristic beat from Montreal producer Kaytranada on the former’s single Wimme Nah. That chemistry continues as... Read More

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Vic Mensa - Wimme Nah [Stream]

Like mighty Atlas with the globe, Vic Mensa is carrying the Windy City on his shoulders. OK, he’s not the only one keeping Chicago hip-hop alive, but the SaveMoney emcee has been putting in some serious work. On his... Read More

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Vic Mensa - Major Payne [Stream & Download]

Eclecticism, thy name is Vic Mensa. On Major Payne, the Save Money affiliate continues to hone the new club-oriented style of his post-INNANETAPE material, combining the dancefloor-ready R&B vibes of debut single Down On... Read More

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Vic Mensa - Down On My Luck [Stream]

With hundreds of new genres being birthed daily in someone’s studio bedroom, it’s tough to figure out which ones are worth following. For today, why not let Vic Mensa set the tone? On his new progressive single,... Read More

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Sir Sly ft. Vic Mensa & Kami De Chukwu - Gold (Peter CottonTale Remix) [Stream & Download]

Easter is still a month away, but a certain rabbit’s already dropped by the Booth with a surprise for our readers—and you don’t even have to search the backyard to find it. On his latest promo single, beatsmith... Read More

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Asher Roth ft. Vic Mensa - Fast Life [Stream]

In the past several years, Asher Roth has risen above his college-loving origins to become a serious force on the underground scene, but his scatterbrained style has largely prevented him from being categorized as “socially... Read More

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Vic Mensa - Feel That [Stream]

Thought you knew Vic Mensa? Think again. To kick off his 2014, the SaveMoney affiliate’s unleashed a new promo single that I probably wouldn’t have recognized as his work, if his name hadn’t been attached.... Read More

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Vic Mensa ft. Chance The Rapper - Suitcase [Stream]

If I had to pack for a long trip, I would be sure to make up one Suitcase full of fully-charged iPods, containing nothing but Vic Mensa’s INNANETAPE and Chance The Rapper’s Acid Rap on them. Of course, I’d also have... Read More

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Vic Mensa ft. Eliza Doolittle - YNSP [Stream]

Last we featured Vic Mensa on the solo tip, he was exchanging his hours for currency on reader-approved hustle anthem Time Is Money. The Kids These Days alum’s latest mixtape single also deals with the paper chase but,... Read More

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From Chance to Tokyo Shawn, Your Guide To The savemoney Crew [Feature ]

Thanks to about a million young, talented artists, led by the likes of Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa, Chicago is once again becoming an epicenter of hip-hop. Since both broke onto the scene, their savemoney... Read More