The rapper and activist discusses his influences and debut album The Autobiography.
Raised on the Southside of Chicago, 24 year-old Vic Mensa has already established himself as an integral part of Chicago culture, first co-founding the SAVEMONEY collective and releasing two mixtapes in two years and now as a solo artist signed with the Roc Nation family. His debut mixtape ‘Straight Up’ in 2010, followed by 2013’s ‘INNANETAPE’, brought Mensa’s solo work to a new and larger audience. In addition, The Chicago native’s critically acclaimed 2nd project helped earn him a top spot on XXL Magazine’s 2014 freshman class. In 2015, Vic Mensa collaborated with Kanye West and Sia on “Wolves” – the first track on Kanye West’s album ‘Swish’, he’s released ‘U Mad’ featuring Kanye West and most recently, ’No Chill’ with Skrillex. Mensa received his first Grammy nomination in 2016 for co-writing Kanye West’s song “All Day.” His full-length debut The Autobiography will be released on July 28, 2017. Like Vic Mensa on Facebook. Follow @VicMensa on Instagram. Follow @VicMensa on Twitter.