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Vic Mensa delivers a truth-filled debut project wrapped in vivid tales from his past and present, giving listeners a true look into his creative vision in full. The Chicago-raised Roc Nation emcee brings together many different elements of music for The Autobiography, that ultimately makes this project a true standout among his peers.
Vic starts this project off with a detailed soulful family-oriented song “Say I Didn’t,” produced by No I.D., who plays a big part in the production by helping out with more than half of the songs produced on The Autobiography. Mensa follows this song up with two hard-hitting tracks that capture Vic’s past: “Memories On 47th” and “Rollin Like A Stoner,” the latter of which captures Vic in full party mode.
Another standout song from this project is “Homewrecker,” featuring Rock band Weezer; overall, this acts as a perfect blend of Alternative Rock & Roll and Hip Hop that allows the Chicago native to give us a very interesting story. The next song, “Gorgeous,” plays as a part 2 to “Homewrecker,” giving the aftermath to said story. Other artists also bring light to Vic’s debut project; he enlists the help of The-Dream for “Heaven On Earth,” a song dedicated to his older brother as well as everyone who has lost someone close to them…a very powerful song that many people can relate to. Next, Vic changes the tempo of this album with the song “Down For The Ignorance (Ghetto Lullaby),” which features fellow Chicago natives Chief Keef and Joey Purp…none of the songs on this project quite sound like this one track.
From this point on, Vic goes on to give us the story of his first love as a child with “Coffee & Cigarettes,” which almost seems self-explanatory…this story gets deep with details about an old girlfriend. Vic also grabs Pharrell Williams for a feature with his track “Wings,” a sure-to-be fan favorite. Rounding out the assists, Vic also teams up with Pusha T and the Rap/R&B song killer Ty Dolla $ign on “OMG” and “We Could Be Free,” respectively. Most of all, this is an enjoyable debut project that I’m sure new and old listeners of the artist can appreciate. With that said, check out The Autobiography on iTunes, Spotify and Tidal.