If you have never heard the name Vic Mensa before you need to re-think your life choices. Imagine Childish Gambino mixed with Disclosure and Flume, a cross between hip-hop, rap and progressive house, and that is the sound of many of Vic’s tunes and let me tell you, they are what you should be listening to this summer. Vic’s latest super popular single ‘Down On My Luck’ has started to infect our ears on Triple J and even Sydney’s Cargo Lounge is starting to spin it on a Friday night. The god behind this addictive up and coming music is a very young, very talented, 21 year old Victor Mensah from Chicago Illinois. Vic has featured on songs with artists such as Chance the Rapper, Asher Paul Roth, Mick Jenkins and Ab-Soul. I can only imagine the variety expanding with bigger names.
Vic released his first album Innanetape in 2013 at a very young nineteen years of age with hit tracks like Orange Soda, Lovely Day and YNSP Feat. Eliza Doolittle. However he still remains very “underground” with not many Sydney-siders having heard of his music. With Donald Glover’s (Childish Gambino) buddy Chance the Rapper slowly getting bigger and bigger we can only hope that Vic will have the same success. His album may not flow as well as Chance’s, but the man is young, maybe he hasn’t decided how he wants his beats to sound. However all his latest tracks such as Feel That, Down On My Luck and Major Payne all have the same techno sound with very not PG lyrics. I know a few of us are hoping Chance with join Vic down under with other members of the Save Money crew early next year when he tours with Laneway festival but at this stage nothing has been confirmed :(.
Fortunately for you, if you just realised you love his beats, Vic is touring with Laneway Festival and has announced a side show at the awesome Oxford Arts Factory on the 4th of Feburary 2015. Tickets are still available for purchase so get in fast!