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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released December 14, 2018 | Roc Nation

This release from Victor Kwesi Mensah, or Vic Mensa as he is more commonly known, is the Chicago rapper’s fourth in EP form. It follows his first complete studio album The Autobiography which was released in July 2017. HOOLIGANS is an eight track record with six of the tracks including guest appearances. The collaborators include Ty Dolla $ign (In Some Trouble), G-Herbo (Rowdy), Charlie Wilson (The 1 That Got Away/No Shoes), Mr Hudson (Deserve It), G-Eazy (Reverse) and The Neighbourhood’s Jesse Rutherford (Dancing In The Streetz). With only two songs not including a second artist, maybe Vic Mensa has tried to fit too much into this EP. Mensa has been involved in his fair share of clashes in recent years, notably with the late Xxxtentacion, which have resulted in some negative backlash for the artist. Here he shows that what others think of him doesn’t really phase him and uses some answer phone messages to demonstrate the type of abuse which sometimes comes his way at the end of In Some Trouble. These messages are a good introduction to Rowdy and Reverse, two tracks made up of explosive lyrics. The record also focuses on introspection, Mensa’s mental health and his relationship with drink and drugs, the single Dark Things being a prime example of this. The rapper makes sure to squeeze in a love song or two (The 1 That Got Away/No Shoes) before bringing it all to a close with some encouraging self-validation on Deserve It. © Euan Decourt/Qobuz
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released July 28, 2017 | Roc Nation - Capitol - Vic Mensa

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released June 3, 2016 | Roc Nation - Def Jam - Vic Mensa

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released June 8, 2018 | Roc Nation - Capitol - Vic Mensa

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released February 19, 2016 | Roc Nation - Def Jam - Vic Mensa

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released July 28, 2017 | Roc Nation - Capitol - Vic Mensa

Named to XXL's Freshman Class of 2014, signed by Jay-Z's Roc Nation in 2015, and nominated for a Grammy in 2016 (for co-writing Kanye West's "All Day"), Vic Mensa has been on a steady rise since he opened "Family," off fellow Savemoney member Chance the Rapper's 10 Day. Bearing a plainly descriptive title, the Chicago south-sider's debut full-length also follows a couple mixtapes (one with defunct band Kids These Days), as many EPs, a batch of singles, and a profusion of appearances on tracks headlined by a cross-continental, multi-genre crop of artists. Going by this large volume of scattered output delivered with a laser-sight glare, it's conceivable that the biggest challenge Mensa faced in making The Autobiography was corralling his lifetime's worth of experiences and greater number of thoughts. The cover's crumpled scraps could be more than props. Each one of the verses, as transcribed in the booklet, contains some form of penned elaboration or correction within or beside it. Co-executive produced with Jay-Z and No I.D., a duo not averse to concision, The Autobiography is both rangy and controlled. On the mike, Mensa is ceaselessly impassioned, whether cramming syllables between knocking beats or stretching notes of hooks across gleaming synthesizers, recalling an adolescent experience with police brutality or personifying -- humanizing, even -- the individual who murdered his friend. At all times, Mensa projects a rare balanced mix of eagerness and assuredness, even avowing himself as a legend one moment, like the designation is irrefutable, and yet in "Wings" -- a masterful Pharrell Williams production -- illustrating self-doubt, depression, and chemical dependency in lacerating form. Some references to proper nouns come across as either misplaced or forced, and the set could do with fewer strained fairground-rock choruses. These shortcomings are nonetheless too rare and slight to prevent The Autobiography from being a remarkable first album from an artist who can "scream 'Fuck the police'" and shout-out Weezer with equal instinctive command. ~ Andy Kellman
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released April 20, 2015 | Roc Nation - Def Jam - Vic Mensa

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released July 27, 2018 | Roc Nation - Capitol - Vic Mensa

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released November 21, 2018 | Roc Nation

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released February 13, 2015 | Vic Mensa Music

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released December 14, 2018 | Roc Nation

This release from Victor Kwesi Mensah, or Vic Mensa as he is more commonly known, is the Chicago rapper’s fourth in EP form. It follows his first complete studio album The Autobiography which was released in July 2017. HOOLIGANS is an eight track record with six of the tracks including guest appearances. The collaborators include Ty Dolla $ign (In Some Trouble), G-Herbo (Rowdy), Charlie Wilson (The 1 That Got Away/No Shoes), Mr Hudson (Deserve It), G-Eazy (Reverse) and The Neighbourhood’s Jesse Rutherford (Dancing In The Streetz). With only two songs not including a second artist, maybe Vic Mensa has tried to fit too much into this EP. Mensa has been involved in his fair share of clashes in recent years, notably with the late Xxxtentacion, which have resulted in some negative backlash for the artist. Here he shows that what others think of him doesn’t really phase him and uses some answer phone messages to demonstrate the type of abuse which sometimes comes his way at the end of In Some Trouble. These messages are a good introduction to Rowdy and Reverse, two tracks made up of explosive lyrics. The record also focuses on introspection, Mensa’s mental health and his relationship with drink and drugs, the single Dark Things being a prime example of this. The rapper makes sure to squeeze in a love song or two (The 1 That Got Away/No Shoes) before bringing it all to a close with some encouraging self-validation on Deserve It. © Euan Decourt/Qobuz
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released June 8, 2018 | Roc Nation - Capitol - Vic Mensa

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released February 13, 2015 | Vic Mensa Music

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released April 20, 2015 | Roc Nation - Def Jam - Vic Mensa

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released June 3, 2016 | Roc Nation - Def Jam - Vic Mensa

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released June 10, 2017 | Roc Nation - Capitol - Vic Mensa

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released June 10, 2017 | Roc Nation - Capitol - Vic Mensa

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    Introspect This release from Victor Kwesi Mensah, or Vic Mensa as he is more commonly known, is the Chicago rapper’s fourth in EP form.