Just last week, Vic Mensa officially announced his debut album The Autobiography, also gifting the masses with a few new tracks. Today, his fans get to check out a new visual for “Rage,” which is said to be a bonus track for the project.
In the powerful clip, the Chicago emcee sees himself reacting to a fiery plane crash, miraculously managing to survive…it’s a beautifully displayed parallel to the song itself (Mensa co-produced it alongside the legendary Mike Dean), which centers upon Mensa’s various vices and demons. Judging from his hairstyle, the clutching, cinematic piece looks to have been shot sometime last year.
Enjoy the clip above and pre-order The Autobiography before it’s released July 28th. In related news, Vic Mensa recently previewed the album to a lucky audience (Jay-Z also attended), where he explained the meaning behind the album’s title (via Billboard):
Right before I decided that [album] title, I played some music for my mom and my sister. I was talking real candidly about some situations that were risky. There were names in it and they were telling me, ‘You shouldn’t say all that. You shouldn’t tell these people all that about your life. You should take her name out it. You talked about him, and what happened to them.” And I [said], ‘I have to.’
That’s when I realized that this album was an autobiography. I wasn’t pulling any punches. I wasn’t pulling any names. I was just observing myself, and the world around me. I went to a political place last year, and was in Standing Rock, and Baton Rouge, I went out to where Alton Sterling was killed. [I went to] Flint, Michigan, and this time around, I really wanted to come tell my own story.