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See Vic Mensa Talk New Jay Z Album, Call Out DJ Akademiks on ‘Everyday Struggle’

posted by Oscar June 19, 2017

Vic Mensa was the featured guest on today’s episode of Everyday Struggle to discuss his latest release, The Manuscript, and share some details on his forthcoming debut full LP (due out this summer), while also going into topics concerning the Hip Hop landscape including Jay Z’s new project, the latest XXL Freshmen class, the 2Pac biopic, and more.

One of the biggest moments in this interview came when Vic confronted Akademiks over the latter’s approach to covering Chicago’s Hip Hop music scene, and all that it reflects and influences. The heated discussion saw Vic call him out for making light of the serious situation affecting the city, dismissing Drill music and joking on the lives lost due to violence.

Check it out above.

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Video: Vic Mensa Breaks Down The Lyrics and Meaning of “OMG”

posted by Oscar June 13, 2017

Vic Mensa shared his new “capsule” The Manuscript dropped last week and one of the tracks that have gotten the most attention is the undeniable “OMG.” The song, featuring Pusha T laying down a verse and Pharrell lending his talent on both the chorus and the song’s production, is the subject of the latest episode of Genius’ Verified, the series through artists break down and detail their tunes.

“I was a skateboarder as a kid before I was ever into hip-hop,” Mensa tells Genius. “Pharrell really opened up the doors for me to feel like that was cool, because on the Southside of Chicago there’s not a lot of skateboarders. Before people saw Pharrell skating and people saw Lupe skating, you didn’t have hip-hop, black examples of skateboarders. Fast forward however many years and now I’m jumping out of the Bentley with the dirty Vans.”

Check out Vic talking about “OMG” above.

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Vic Mensa and Samuel T. Herring (of Future Islands) Talk Backstage at Pitchfork Music Festival

posted by Oscar July 31, 2015

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The Talkhouse Music podcast put together Vic Mensa and Future Islands lead singer Samuel T. Herring for a chat backstage at this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival while the two were in town performing for it.

The half-hour conversation saw both artists discuss how they used to steal records when they were kids, how he got into Hip Hop as a purist and how his thoughts on “selling out” to the industry has changed, albums leaking, and those famous dance moves of Herring’s. Hear the interview in full below. Continue Reading

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Nardwuar vs. Vic Mensa

posted by Oscar March 26, 2014

“Thumbs up to the camera, like Nardwuar.” The meeting between Vic Mensa and Nardwuar finally happened down in SXSW in another one of those classic, interesting interviews conducted by the Human Serviette. Vic opened up about Pugz Atoms, Farrakhan not being there for him during Halloween, J Dilla’s beats and clothes, Rage Against The Machine + more.

See it above.

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Video: Vic Mensa – PUMA London Tour Diary

posted by Oscar March 25, 2014

The rise of Chicago music these days is undeniable and one artist whose career is a testament to that is SaveMoney’s Vic Mensa. Vic was recently on tour across the pond and The Fader and PUMA helped put together this tour diary clip about his experience in London. The shots of him rocking a venue called KOKO look incredibly awesome and Vic’s description of how crowd-surfing there was like “crowd-surfing on the River Styx” made this tour diary worth seeing.

Also, peep Vic’s pronunciation of “PUMA” at the end. They never got his PUMAs…