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Vic Mensa

Vic Mensa

A member of the Kids These Days crew gone solo, Chicago rapper and Roc Nation artist Vic Mensa made his debut in 2013 on Chance the Rapper’s high-profile mixtape Acid Rap. Born Victor Mensah, the rapper issued some solo product while a member of Kids These Days, including the Straight Up EP in 2010, but it wasn’t until their breakup in 2013 that he considered making a career out of going it alone. He didn’t squander any time either, as he appeared on Chance’s Acid Rap that same year along with issuing his own mixtape, Innanetape, a mixing of the words “Internet” and “mixtape.” Like Chance’s before, Mensa’s mixtape was both a critical and download-counting success, so much so that the independent rapper joined major-label artists J. Cole and Wale on their What Dreams May Come tour in 2014. That same year he topped XXL Magazine’s Freshman Class list and released the hit single “Down on My Luck” on Virgin Records. He then appeared alongside Sia on Kanye West’s 2015 single “Wolves,” then Kanye returned the favor with a feature on “U Mad,” Mensa’s first single for his new label, Roc Nation.

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