Five years later, we examine how Vic Mensa's breakout mixtape traverses all sides of destiny and dreams.
"A lot of young men of color have trauma that goes unaddressed for fear of being perceived as weakness."
“The Refined Players represents a new vanguard of creators intent on building bridges.”
"I hope y'all make another article accentuating the harsh reality, which is plain to see, and not [just] the words, the harshness of which are questionable."
“Some stories have an obvious outcome.”
The Roc Nation producer breaks down his beats for Bobby Shmurda's "Hot N*gga," Meek Mill's "I'ma Boss" and more.
The list of hip-hop artists who have used songs as a vehicle for incredible, out of the box storytelling is endless.
"I watched my neighborhood not improve, and my city not improve, and my community not improve..."
After artists completely bare their soul, where do they go next?
Vic Mensa has a lot to say on 'The Autobiography' and he says it with vigor, passion and unfiltered rawness.
"There was a situation where I had a line that was kind of dissin' somebody else and it wasn't really necessary."
"It was about letting my ego jump off that building, a shadow of me jumping off, and another incarnation flying to the sky."
Cole proved that you can become a star at Roc Nation and still make music with meaning, yet he doesn't appear to be the blueprint for the label.
"It didn’t make the album, so it never came out."