Vic Mensa has laid down an impeccable set of freestyles on two of the most recognizable instrumentals in Hip Hop today.
The Chicago MC stopped by L.A. Leakers on Wednesday (September 27) to promote his new album Victor.
“I ain’t lying on the beat, been scarred but I became king/Alexander Graham Bell the way my name ring/From here to China, my spirit is in alignment,” he spits with authority.
Vic Mensa then followed up his execution-style delivery with another set of precise rhymes to Nas classic 2002 track “Get Down.”
“That’s a concealed and carry/I move with military when I go in to march, like the end of February/I’m a king, I need three wives— the more, the merry/At the ADMAX, screaming ‘Free Jeff Fort and Larry,’” Mensa raps over the soulful instrumental.
Vic Mensa has been on the road, promoting his new album and having important conversations, such as the one he engaged in with his former foe DJ Akademiks.
Vic recently appeared on Akademiks’ Off the Record, where he buried the hatchet with the shock jock six years after their public disagreement on Complex‘s now-defunct Everyday Struggle.
Vic explained that he was grieving the death of a close friend at the time and didn’t appreciate the way that the media personality covered the man’s passing prior to Vic’s appearance on the show.
“In all honesty, I was coming from a place of pain, man,” Vic said regarding the incident. “Tray 57, who I knew as Nigel that I grew up with, he went in the direction that he did and he became a drill artist.
“He was always gangbanging and when he passed away, I learned about it on your platform the next day. You know, it was peppered with certain judgements and insults.”
Vic Mensa also urged Hip Hop platforms and media personalities to stop the cycle of “exploitation” when it comes to promoting violence, drugs and negativity. He said it “hurt” to see Akademiks, a Black man, “exploiting our pain.”
Further along in the interview, Akademiks gave his perspective on their feud and expressed remorse about the entire ordeal.
He admitted to being “insensitive” to the people affected by the violence in Chicago and took responsibility for possibly “inciting” issues in the city.