This week has been a busy one on the airwaves, and Vic Mensa‘s joining the party. His freestyle over Biggie’s classic “Who Shot ya” is titled “Heir to the Throne,” and you can listen to it below.
The newest addition to Roc Nation recently released his new single, “No Chill,” on which he’s joined by Skrillex, and has continually announced release dates for his forthcoming Traffic tour, in support of his debut album, expected out later this year.
Vic floats effortlessly over the classic instrumental, and also cleverly employs Travis Scott‘s ad-libs during a segment during which he appears to be shooting at the “3500” rapper.
19-year old Brooklyn native Justine Skye broke on to the scene last year with her “Collide” single, which features Tyga and is produced by DJ Mustard, and she’s returning this year for her encore presentation, the Emotionally Unavailable EP. Skye has slowly built steam since “Collide,” and we got a tease of what she’s been working on when she dropped “Bandit” earlier this year.
On “I’m Yours,” she links up with the newest addition to the Roc, Vic Mensa–who’s prepping his debut album, Traffic, for a 2015 release–who helps to close the song out with a sing-songy verse that fits right in with Skye’s yearns for love, reminiscent of some of the work he did on his debut solo project, INNANETTAPE.
Freeway, alongside his artist, Scholito hop on one of the most popular records out right now. This is the first time I’ve heard Scholito, and I’m diggin the kid’s flow and voice. It actually sounds like he should have rocked on the original version. Respect to Freeway as well, it’s good to hear him still bangin.
Peep their remix to Kanye West and Vic Mensa’s “U Mad” and let us know what you think!
Vic drops his first video since signing to the Roc
All year, Vic Mensa has been working with and touring with Kanye West, and just over a month ago, he announced that he’d signed a record deal with Roc Nation. Things are moving fast for the Chicago native, and hopefully, by the end of the year we’ll have his debut album, Traffic, which will more than likely be where you can find “U MAD,” his Yeezy-featured single, for which we now have a video.
Yesterday was a huge day for Chicago rappers, and it ended with a bang
Kanye West‘s day certainly began before early afternoon yesterday, but by the time we all caught up to him, he was receiving his honorary doctorate degree from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, and making an inspiring speech that included him comparing this particular achievement to Floyd Mayweather‘s victory over Manny Pacquiao.
Later on in the day, Chance The Rapper held his 5th open mic event in Chicago, aptly titled Open Mike, and was joined by a couple fellow Chicagoans that made for a pretty awesome surprise. Kanye West and Vic Mensa trotted out and performed “All Day,” in addition to a couple of Kanye’s other classics for an eager crowd that went absolutely nuts when their heroes graced the stage. Here’s a bit of fan footage below just to give you an idea of what the scene was like.
Roc Nation’s latest signee, Vic Mensa, stopped by Just Incredible’s Power 106 radio show to discuss his relationship with mentor Kanye West, his growth as an artist, running through Obama’s backyard, and the creative process of his Kanye-featured new single, “U Mad.”
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The Save Money rep inks a deal with the house that Hov built
Vic Mensa has officially signed with Roc Nation.
The news was confirmed via a tweet from Jay Z‘s Twitter account, which simply read “Roc Nation Records x @VicMensa,” and included an iTunes link to Vic’s new single, “U Mad,” which features fellow Roc Nation artist Kanye West.
Vic’s ascent to stardom has been steady, but relatively quick. After a lengthy stint as the frontman for “trap rock” band Kids These Days, which almost resulted in a record deal, Mensa went solo, and released his first–and only–solo project, INNANETTAPE, in September of 2013. Since then, he’s collaborated with Kaytranada, his close friend Chance The Rapper, and dropped an internationally successful single, “Down On My Luck,” but most notably, has joined forces with Kanye West for two collaborations, and appeared on several huge stages alongside the G.O.O.D. Music headmaster.
By the way, he was featured in The Source‘s October 2013 issue as Unsigned Hype. Listen to “U Mad” here.
Vic Mensa has been seen just about everywhere with Kanye West since the day Ye unveiled his Adidas Yeezy line in New York City back in February. It was during that presentation that Kanye previewed the first track off his forthcoming So Help Me God album, “Wolves,” which featured both Mensa and “Chandelier” singer SIA.
Since then, if they aren’t performing live on Saturday Night Live‘s 40-year celebration, Mensa and West are at Q-Tip‘s house working on music, or performing for sold-out crowds in London alongside some other rap elites (Pusha T, Big Sean).
Over the weekend, low quality clips of Vic previewing his verse on an upcoming collaboration with Kanye, “U Mad,” made their rounds around the internet, and rumors of the song dropping sooner than later began to circulate. Kudos to the rumors, because here we have it. Listen to “U Mad” below.
The internet was set ablaze this morning when a 6-second clip of Kendrick Lamar spitting over Kanye West‘s “All Day” song hit the web. This would be the first time Ye and Kendrick–who toured together in 2013 on Kanye’s Yeezus Tour–collaborated on wax. This comes on the heels of Vic Mensa, who collaborated on Yeezy’s yet-to-be-released “Wolves” song, dropped the full CDQ version of new Ye’s verse on his song “U Mad” during a recent DJ set. It appears Yeezy season is upon us.
Kanye tops off the best week of his life with a “Sunday Night Live”
Last night was Sunday, but fans of Saturday Night Live, Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon, Eddie Murphy, Steve Martin, and great entertainment in general were treated to a 3-hour plus special 40-year celebration of NBC’s signature late Saturday night program. Oh, by the way, if you’re a fan of Kanye West, you were also treated to three engaging performances.
On a set designed by DONDA, Kanye West laid down and performed “Jesus Walks,” made it through a performance of “Only One” despite apparently losing his voice, and had Vic Mensa and SIA literally crawl out to officially debut a track that’s been talked about since it was previewed at Ye’s Adidas reveal, “Wolves.” Watch the performance above, and hopefully “Wolves” is officially released sooner rather than later.