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Roc Nation’s premiere young’n is back with some more tunes. After sharing a string of cuts in “Heir to the Throne,” “Heat It Up,” and “I Been” (all these arrive after “U Mad” and “No Chill”) the Chicago upstart is back with “All That Shines,” which like the other tracks, may or may not be appearing on his forthcoming debut album, Traffic. In the meantime check out “All That Shines” from Vic Mensa after the jump.

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New Music: Vic Mensa – “I Been”

 |  August 17, 2015
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Vic Mensa is one confused artist: There are too many hands in the cookie jar. For one, his INNANETAPE project from 2013 positioned Mensa as an artist ready to blow without the necessity of conformity. And now — with two years removed from his breakout tape — he’s nothing but a conformist and corporate shrill. (This pain’s me to say, by the way.) Or, at least that’s the vibe he’s been giving off with his last few tracks. For starters, Mensa signing with Jay Z’s highly-questionable Roc Nation label was bad move, albeit very smart; ever since the signing he’s been making some abysmal moves musically speaking and his trajectory is noticeably… out of the ordinary, too. The highly-anticipated “U Mad” with Kanye West basically flopped and sounded like some terrible Steve Aoki sh*t from 2012. Then he dropped nonsense like “No Chill,” which I’ve yet to hear because, well, didn’t you see the song’s internet meme-baiting title? No thanks. He’s probably released more music since but I’m over it. And here’s yet another Roc Nation-era Vic Mensa cut — it’s called “I Been.” I haven’t listened yet but don’t let my opinion on him sway you from peeping “I Been” after the jump.

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Vic Mensa continues making songs inspired by popular internet memes. Mensa and Skrillex just premiered their new single (along with producer Jahlil Beats) titled “No Chill” via Zane Lowe on Beats 1 on Apple Radio. Mensa previously collaborated with Kanye West on “U Mad,” which has gotten massive airplay since its release earlier this year, and it seems like Mensa’s on his way to the top of the pack. Check out “No Chill” after the jump.

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Vic Mensa and Kanye West’s aggressive new visuals for their collaborative single “U Mad” perfectly match the harsh vibes the music. Deep within some mystery, dimly-lit room, Yeezy slouches out from the darkness brandishing a crowbar, while Mensa starts a riot, writhes in a straightjacket, and stares down a bull. Watch the wild visuals for “U Mad” after the jump.

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A lot has been happening for the 22-year-old Chicago emcee as of late. For starters Vic Mensa performed with Kanye West on Saturday Night Live, delivering a hook on ‘Ye’s forthcoming “Wolves” track (set to appear on So Help Me God) followed by some turned up live performances with the man. The live performances were for a track entitled “U Mad,” which recently got released as a single. In addition, Mensa also signed with Jay Z’s Roc Nation recording label. That’s huge. So, yeah, evidently Mensa is doing quite well for himself on the mainstream end right now. Mensa also stopped by to team up with LA Leakers for an exclusive freestyle over Future’s anthemic Monster cut “Commas.” Check it out after the jump!

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The world is fiending for some new Kanye West. “Only One” wasn’t enough. “All Day” wasn’t enough. His guest appearance on Big Sean’s new album wasn’t enough. Everyone waiting for that So Help Me God to drop. Whenever that’ll happen. If ever. And now the song Vic Mensa has been teasing for over month is finally here. “U Mad” is a collaborative track between Mensa and ‘Ye. It features production from ‘Ye, Mike Dean, Smoko Ono, Stefan Ponce and Charlie Heat. That’s a whole lot of muscle to come up with such a deceptively simple track that sounds like it’s fit more for 2012 than 2015. Anyway, I won’t judge. You be the judge. Check it out after the jump.

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A lot of rare Kanye West stuff is being unearthed as of late. First we have a Kendrick Lamar remix of “All Day” and now we’re being treated to a sneak peek of ‘Ye’s verse on Vic Mensa’s “U Mad” track. This track has been circulating for the last month or so, mostly byway of Vic Mensa’s live performances. But now we have Kanye’s full verse! You can check it out after the jump. As the kids say: it’s hard.

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Kanye West’s adidas fashion show just wrapped up and during the festivities ‘Ye unveiled a new track entitled “Wolves” featuring Chicago rapper Vic Mensa and “Chandelier” songstress Sia. It will appear on Kanye’s hyped new album later this year. Listen after the jump!

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Undoubtedly the part of the annual BET Hip Hop Awards that hip-hop heads prefer: the cyphers. And thankfully you didn’t have to sit through the entire award show in order to watch every single cypher from the show as BET has graciously made the videos available to watch online. There was a total of six cyphers this year, ranging from Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Gang to Papoose to Kevin Gates and Loaded Lux to Snoop’s Army with Murda Mook to Vic Mensa. We’ve conveniently posted each cypher for you to watch after the jump. Enjoy.
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As the heady half of the SaveMoney crew, Vic Mensa has been going all the way left of expectation for his first project. It’s like 2009 Asher Roth on speedballs and Illmatic repeats. He has the frat boy fervor and the backpacker urgency and just enough R&B melody to make rhymes palatable. The new video after the jump.
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