Given the fact that Vic Mensa has recently been touring with Disclosure, the existence of this freestyle isn’t that much of a surprise. What is a surprise, however, is Vic‘s within-the-margins rapping. Vic usually tapdances around instrumentals, creating his own counter-rhythm rather than just running with the song’s initial rhythm, but on “When a Fire Starts to Burn,” he stays in line. This uncharacteristic delivery probably has something to do with the fact that this is one of the few instrumentals that’s just as brimming with energy as Vic himself. Disclosure really knows how to infuse a song with energy without making it bombastic.
At one point Vic mentions Azealia Banks, who is who we’d normally find on a house-inspired song like this, but his breathy “auughs” during the latter part of the song are strangely reminiscent of Will Smith. It will be interesting to see if Vic applies this more party-like variation of his happy-go-lucky aesthetic more in the future. For now, we’ll just enjoy the flame while it’s hot. Listen below.
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