Vic Mensa REALLY Wants Young People to Vote
If you’re a follower of hip hop culture, or Chicago emcees, then the name Vic Mensa may ring a bell. The Chi-Town rapper signed with Jay Z’s Roc Nation in 2015 and has collaborated on tracks with Kanye West and another rising another “Chicago Hero,” Chance The Rapper.
Along with his famous friends, Vic also made a name for himself following the release of video footage that showed 17-year-old Laquan McDonald being shot 16 times by a Chicago Police officer. The tragic incident incited an uproar in the streets of Chicago and Vic was among the people bringing awareness and using his voice to demand justice.
From those events came the world premiere of Vic’s”:16 Shots,” a searing record that holds the justice system accountable for the strife against Black men. Through clearly frustrated, Vic delivered a heartfelt and powerful performance.
Keeping the movement going and growing, the Grammy-nominated artist released a new EP Friday morning, titled There’s A Lot Going On. The powerful project comes with a few conditions, though.
Vic’s album was released via Respect My Vote!, a non-partisan voter registration campaign. Mensa partnered with the initiative to encourage young people to get out and vote while also continuing the fight for social justice.
The EP is free through July 4th and features Ty Dolla $ign with production from Papi Beatz and co-production from Smoke Ono and Vic Mensa.
Listen to the project here.