On a rainy Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia, Vic Mensa gets ready to perform at Made in America. He's wearing a custom 93 Punks jacket that he designed by hand-painting and sourcing vintage patches and pins. He even gifted one to Blue Ivy and Lil Uzi. He's had quite the Summer, not only designing jackets but also playing festivals around the states and releasing his debut studio album, The Autobiography. iHeartRadio caught up with with Mensa before his set where he shared what Chicago means to him, his top Weezer songs, and what he loves to do most (hint: it's NSFW.)
It's hard to pinpoint a favorite lyric from a body of work that you've put your heart and soul into. The Autobiography is raw and real, an uncensored look into the rapper's humanity. At the time of our chat, Mensa's favorite is the entirety of "Homewrecker," a track he worked on with Weezer. Getting to collaborate with musicians who you're also a fan of is pretty cool, and he chooses "Say It Ain't So," "Tired of Sex," and "Across the Sea" as his top three songs of theirs.
Mensa is super vocal about his Chicago roots and raising awareness in the community, which heavily influences his music. He says "home is where the heart/hatred is" and constantly strives for change. He's not afraid to share his political voice in a climate where many artists resort to being silent.
Donald Trump's presidency will force us to fight the ugly truths of America face to face. We needed this.— vino (@VicMensa) November 10, 2016
Mensa may be a badass lyrical genius in a leather jacket but deep down, he's really a nerd, which is something fans might not know about him. See what else he revealed in this installment of In His Words below.
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