I really do feel Vic Mensa is one of the most diverse rappers in he game. He has the ability to sing catchy, dance driven songs as well as being able to go in hard rapping ferocious verses. Since the release of his impressive 2013 mixtape Innanetape, he’s managed to successfully cross over into dance music with massive collaborations including work with Kaytranada, Skrillex, Flume, and even worked with Kanye West.
The 22 year old Chicago native was picked up by Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and has been preparing for his much-anticipated, debut studio album titled Traffic. Well instead of diving straight into the release of his debut album, he’s decided to first drop a mixtape There’s A Lot Going On.
Vic is from the notoriously dangerous Southside of Chicago and has decided to use his musical platform to make a statement speaking out about street violence and police brutality among other current issues. At moments There’s A Lot Going On is dark, angry and haunting. “16 Shots” was previously debuted live following the video release of the horrific killing of 17 year old Chicagoan Laquan McDonald as Vic is brutally honesty with his important message. This mixtape also has more uplifting tracks like the woozy auto-tune trap tune “New Bae” and the folk-inspired “Liquor Locker.” Stream the entire mixtape below and stay tuned for more info on his forthcoming album Traffic.