Surprise, surprise, Kanye West influenced yet another Chicago rapper. This time, we’ve got Vic Mensa, who, in a new Forbes feature, broke down how Ye’s "Glow In The Dark" tour inspired him to start taking rap more seriously and helped him see it as an expansive creative mode.
“That was crazy. That's when I was like, ‘I wanna do that!’” Mensa said. “It was so grandiose and such an artistic expression, the absolute coolest shit I'd ever seen in my life. I remember my girlfriend at the time, her mom got us tickets to the Glow In The Dark tour. I'm in the crowd and I'm seeing N.E.R.D. performing on stage, Lupe Fiasco, my absolute favorite, it was the coolest. Lyrically, he was light years ahead of everybody.
“Then I saw N.E.R.D. and despite growing up and being hella into rock music I didn't get N.E.R.D. yet. I didn't know their music yet. I just remember staring at it, they're doing ‘Spaz,’ I'm looking at it like, ‘What the fuck is this? I don't even know, but this is crazy fresh.’ Then Kanye [West] being on the spaceship I was like, ‘Oh yeah, I need to be a part of this.’ I was into rap, but I wasn't trying to be a rapper. I had been freestyling, but I wasn't writing raps or writing songs or trying to do that. That was the moment that really made me want to be a part of it from a creative aspect.”
There you have it: Vic Mensa seeing Kanye West on a spaceship is what turned his love for rap and his casual interest into a carnal need to be part of the culture.
Now, obviously, Ye isn’t the only reason Vic Mensa stepped into the hip-hop sphere. Seeing his love for Lupe Fiasco and N.E.R.D., especially as it relates to his most recent output, it’s obvious Vic would have ventured into rap eventually.