Chicago’s Vic Mensa has grown not only in age before our eyes but also character. Mensa fans witnessed his coloring playful attitude in Kids These Days to his more critical thinking role in “There’s Alot Going On”, Mensa definitely has a lot going on.
We caught Mensa at The Vic Theatre as he makes his move through his There’s A lot going On tour. Mensa will soon join Justin Bieber on a Europe tour. The Southside rapper is rooted in Chicago which made his show a bit more personal.
We caught Mensa’s incredible performance at Lollapalooza were he used riot police guards to help him magnify the messages in “There’s Alot Going On”. Mensa brought the same riot police at The Vic to enhance his bold statements. This was clear with his performance of 16 Shots. Dedicated to Laquan McDonald, 16 Shots depicted McDonald’s senseless killing from the hands of the Chicago Police Department. Mensa brought his to life showcasing an otherwise not talked about issue.
Mensa with an arsenal of support of talented rap peers to choose from, Mensa brought out rising star Joey Purp. Purp joined Mensa in their joint record 773. Another Chicago favorite Purp was met with roars of applause.
Mensa brought it back with his record Down On My Luck. Mensa from his successful debut mixtape Innanetape, has not looked back in classic records. On the tail end of the show Mensa performed UMad, his first major collaboration with Kanye West.
Mensa closed off the night with his record There’s Alot Going On his most personal record to date. With his forthcoming full length album his first since signing with Roc Nation were sure to expect the best from Mensa.
- Free Love
- New Bae
- Liquor Locker
- Down On My Luck
- Shades of Blue
- 773 (with Joey Purp)
- Holy Holy
- There’s Alot Going On
Photos: Jesse Pizano