I’m getting biased here, but I can’t help myself. Chicago is doing the damn thing. While Chi-Town roots have always been deep in hip hop, the new new is a crop of charismatic stars rising on the strength of their creative direction, and incredible dedication to pushing the limits of the game. The latest in my Chicago fascination is 19 year old Vic Mensa, who’s readying his INNANETAPE for the masses.
Vic’s musical sensibility comes from his time with Kids These Days, where the arrangements were just as poignant as the lyrics or delivery. His approach is that of a less paranoid Drake minus the nasally whine, comfortable with both rapping and crooning. That balance will translate nicely, as INNANETAPE will surely be a collection of sounds, rather than eleven bangers packaged as one rappity-rap tape. Every day feels like Independence Day with this new internet-based spirit of hip hop. Just so has it that much of it is coming to you live from the Windy City.
Check out “Hollywood, LA”, the third visual from the upcoming INNANETAPE, featuring the gorgeous, soulful vocals of Lili K. Enjoy. Vic Mensa is officially on the radar.