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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:
- Didn’t I (Say I Didn’t) | Produced by: Carter Lang, BOOTS, Smoko Ono, Papi Beatz & No I.D.
- We Could Be Free | Produced by: 1500 or Nothin’
- Wings ft. Pharrell Williams And Saul Williams | Produced by: Pharrell Williams
- Heaven On Earth ft. The Dream | Produced by: Vic Mensa, Papi Beatz, Smoko Ono & No I.D.
- Memories On 47th St. | Produced by: 1500 or Nothin’, DJ Dahi & No I.D.
Vic Mensa: The Autobiography 101
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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