Vic Mensa: The Autobiography 101

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Quick hit: Vic Mensa exposes himself at his deepest level and takes you on a journey through his life. Through his encounters with drug use, childhood memories, depression, Chicago, and his redemption, we receive a very solid debut album and one that we definitely recommend you listen to.

Our 5 favorites: 

  1. Didn’t I (Say I Didn’t) | Produced by: Carter Lang, BOOTS, Smoko Ono, Papi Beatz & No I.D.
  2. We Could Be Free | Produced by: 1500 or Nothin’
  3. Wings ft. Pharrell Williams And Saul Williams | Produced by: Pharrell Williams
  4. Heaven On Earth ft. The Dream | Produced by: Vic Mensa, Papi Beatz, Smoko Ono & No I.D.
  5. Memories On 47th St. | Produced by: 1500 or Nothin’, DJ Dahi & No I.D.

 

Vic Mensa: The Autobiography 101

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After properly digesting The Autobiography, it wasn’t hard for me to see how he became Jay-Z’s protege. He made it easy by providing introspective content that allowed me to peek into who he is as a person. Just through the music alone, I was able to learn how profound, appreciative, determined, and loving he really is.

Vic Mensa follows the definition of “autobiography” and really does¬†provide an account of his life. He goes in-depth on personal topics, such as his battle with depression, self-loathing, drug use, dead friends, childhood memories, and his rebound from those experiences.

For example, in one of my favorites of the album,¬†Wings, Vic exposes himself to the deepest degree when he talks about his internal issues. There’s even a section in the song where he explains his self-loathing and how he feels about himself sometimes, saying things like “You’re a fucking embarrassment, how dare you win. N*gga, you let the devil in. You’re still a drug addict, you’re nothing without your medicine.”.

I have never encountered depression, so I can’t even begin to fully empathize with Vic, but I do know that it’s a very dark place to be in. Rest in peace, Chester Bennington.

But, the album doesn’t carry that tone all throughout. In the intro track,¬†Say I Didn’t,¬†Vic provides a “look at me now” type of message while using a soulful vibe. Or in¬†The Fire Next Time, where Vic conveys how far he has come and how determined he is to continue marching forward.

Overall,¬†The Autobiography is undoubtedly a very solid debut album and one of the better projects of 2017. It’s full of substance, insight, and I felt that true to the title, I learned a lot about Vic. He’s definitely on my list of artists to watch moving forward.

Our recommendation: Go cop that sh*t.

 

Stream The Autobiography here

 

 

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