The year is coming to an end, and that means it's time to look back and reflect on a year full of ups and downs. While some have considered this to be a down year in hip-hop, there have still ...
Victor Kwesi Mensah
Singles: “Orange Soda,” “Hollywood LA”; Mixtapes: INNANETAPE; Guest Appearances: Chance The Rapper’s “Cocoa Butter Kisses,” Asher Roth’s “Fast Life”
As-yet-untitled EP, scheduled for this year, and an as-yet-untitled album, scheduled for 2015
“I thought Vince Staples was going to be here. I think he should be here. I honestly haven’t given too much thought. I’m surprised with Chano [Chance The Rapper] here ’cause he’s really big. He doesn’t really need to do it. But it’s dope. It’s a great opportunity for everybody.”
“I’ve been listening to Missy Elliott and Timbaland, Dizzee Rascal this past week. I have a lot of different phases. I immersed myself in mad music. I’m huge on Nas, Biggie, 2Pac, Jay Z, UGK, Pimp C, J Dilla—not just a producer but as a rapper—Stone Village, Souls Of Mischief, A Tribe Called Quest, Hieroglyphics, The Pharcyde, Gorillaz, Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana—the list don’t stop.”
“I was reckless as fuck. I was unnecessarily reckless. I was ill, I can rap, but I was unnecessarily like wearing fuzzy slippers and dancing on tables and shit. Always trying to like fight somebody. I was too much.”
Ultimately, I think what it can do is that it can add to my momentum and what I can do. But it’s not making noise of breaking me. At the end and the beginning, it’s about the records, it’s about the music that I make, it’s about the content that I produce. That’s what has me where I am not. That’s what takes me where I’m going. Things like this are all amazing pieces to the storyline, just stamp of approval that Vic is that nigga. But in my mind, it ain’t never been no doubt. So the world is going to know with or without any shouts or covers or anything. But to get them is all the love. I appreciate that. If the cover wants to be accurate, the cover is going to be me because if I didn’t make the cover, I’m still going to be me. I’m still going to bump shit off and go crazy.
In general, I think the cover needs us, the artists. We’re the artists or would be the artists if the cover didn’t exist. But it’s dope though. It’s like a symbiotic relationship. We’re eating off of each other. It’s an appreciative gesture. I think the reality is all this shit is that we all feel pressure, but it’s how you deal with it. It’s how you deal with stuff put in front of you. It makes you who you are and determine what you do. This is a door to new fans—that’s the name of the game. It’s stacking these supports on you and just winning the people over. I got a lot of people in my corner. I got a lot of people every day picking up and joining the movement.
What I’m finna to do is hotter than anything I’ve done. I just decided I’m putting out a new EP with straight strangers on it. When that shit is going to drop, it’s going to fuck niggas up, I’m going to play shows, I’m going to get more money, and I’m going to make more music and collaborate with people and have fun and work on this album. This is a rap contest. As is apparent to those who pay attention and would be apparent to everybody, I do a lot more than rap. And what I’m finna to go down fo r is more than just 16s on beats. That doesn’t take away for the fact that this shit all started with rap. This is an accomplishment as a rapper and as an artist. Overall this is a dope accomplishment. It’s a really good look.”—As Told To Emmanuel Maduakolam
Vic Mensa experimental tendencies are still here as he takes a side step from house to indulge in something more serene. The XXL Freshman joined frequent collaborator Mihael Uzowuru and Donnie Trumpet for "April 13th" — a previously unreleased track. ...
Vic Mensa had a helluva 2014 that included a spot on the XXL Freshmen cover, countless shows, new music and appearances all over the place. With the foundation set, the next step for Mensa is the release of his debut ...