After first gaining national attention following his performance of ‘Wolves‘ with Kanye West & Sia at NYFW & SNL, Chicago MC Vic Mensa was ready for his coming out party. His time in the studio and collaboration with Kanye West “U Mad” and the announcement of signing to Jay Z’ Roc Nation label propelled the young rapper into the spotlight. He recently sat down with Justin Credible & LA’s Power 106 to discuss the signing, working with Kanye, his past, and how he one time ran through Obama’s backyard running from the cops. He also spit an impressive freestyle over Future’s ‘Fuck up Some Commas’ after the interview, which you can stream below. Here’s a bit of what Vic had to say in the interview:
On signing with Roc Nation:
“It feels amazing,” Vic says to DJ Justin Credible. “I’ve been the hugest Jay Z fan for my whole life. Even past just being a fan, I have a lot of faith in how they do things at Roc Nation.
On how “U Mad” came to be:
“I was mad at my girlfriend, so I was like, ‘You mad, huh?’” Vic recalls. “I was just kinda like going off and I played it for Kanye out in LA and he was like, ‘Yo, you should make that its own song. It kinda sounds like smizash.’ So, I was like, ‘Okay, let’s run with it.’ I love the song and I appreciate all the support people are giving it. We’re just trying to take the shit all the way.”
On his Coachella performance:
On his upcoming album, “Traffic”:
“It’s just like stories about life; a lot of my most personal moments, most vulnerable moments. I’m really excited for people to hear the music. There’s vibes like ‘U Mad’ and a little more introspective shit you know, just a lot of textures”
On his musical influences growing up:
“Kanye, Twista, Do or Die, and Lupe”
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