Vic Mensa Says Jay Z Motivates People to Rally Together
Back in April of 2015, Jay Z announced he signed Chicago rapper Vic Mensa to his label, Roc Nation. Since then, the 23-year-old has worked with Kanye West on the song "U Mad" and dropped a critically acclaimed EP, There's Alot Going On, while also working on his debut album. Looking to continue his success while signed to the label, Vic opens up about his relationship with the Roc Nation and what he's learned from Jay Z.
“I peep Jay Z and look up to him for how he runs his business and how he’s authentic and motivates the people around him to rally together, you know?" Mensa tells XXL. "So it’s not so much the situation of like, here's this tip [of advice], it's just me watching him.”
Being around the rap veteran has inspired Mensa to be more aware of his surroundings while also learning how to accept things as they come. The former XXL Freshman breaks down his current relationship with the Roc Nation label and explains more in-depth why he has a personal connection with the company. “That’s family," he says. "I love the Roc. They’re very supportive and they’re creative people, you know?”
Most recently, the rap star unleashed the powerful visual to his track “16 Shots,” off his Roc Nation-released EP. The video tackles the senseless shooting of Chicago teen Laquan McDonald.
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