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NEW MIXTAPE: Vic Mensa - V TAPE

Chicago rapper and activist VIC MENSA has emerged from a period of exile and self-reflection to share V TAPE, a new tape that touches on his battles with depression while showcasing profound levels of consciousness and awareness in his ownership of the missteps, mistakes, and roadblocks he’s endured. The tape is a seven song excursion of thought-provoking lyrics interweaving themes of pain, social justice, redemption, and rebirth, punctuated by trap-inspired, sample-heavy 90’s production derivations by Thelonious Martin, Keyon Christ, Stefan Ponce, C-Sick, Hit-Boy, Smoko Ono, SC, and TRAKGIRL. Along his path to reclamation Vic is joined by a rich pool of talent, including features by SAINt JHN, BJ the Chicago Kid, Peter Cottontale, Eryn Allen Kane, & Snoh Aalegra.

V TAPE arrives alongside a video for standout track “MACHIAVELLI,” the first vignette of a larger forthcoming visual project that provides an intimate and evocative portrait of the south side of Chicago. As part of Vic’s quest to return to his roots he tapped local creatives for the project, including the film’s director Andre Muir and Angel Harrold, whose photography is featured throughout.

You can listen to the tape below.