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Review: Vic Mensa – V Tape [+ Stream]

In Hip Hop by Elliott Nielson

Surprise mixtape from Vic Mensa with collaborations from Snoh Aalegra, BJ Chicago Kid, Eryn Allen Kane and more.

Referencing the Black Lives Matter movement and the coronavirus pandemic it would appear that the seven track tape was recorded recently.

The Grammy nominee shines a light on the herbalist teachings of Dr. Sebi and Big Pharma’s failures with cancer. He also mentions freedom fighters Desmond Tutu, Marcus Garvey and Frederick Douglas.

Earlier in the year he released the hand-clapping single No More Teardrops, as part of the Defund the Sheriff compilation album.

Although the tape has dull moments and packs moments of pretentiousness, the Chicagoan rapper eventually provides clarity and a richness of wordplay that might not restore faith in the man, but respect nonetheless.

The beats are cinematic; my favourite is the unpredictable Bethlehem with this heavy, gun-toting groove that pays homage to J.Dilla’s album, Rebirth of Detroit. There’s a lot of opening up about relationships, depression, family issues and having threesomes in a Four Seasons in Sweden. Quite the rockstar songbook.

Vic Mensa has not been completely quiet since the release of his 2017 album, The Autobiography. In the past couple years the Down On My Luck Chicagoan rapper has worked with the likes of Mura Masa, Nile Rodgers, Kaytranada. He also featured in the 4 track release by Mr Hudson last year, WHEN THE MACHINE STOPS.

Blatantly Blunt credits him on his energy and willingness to push the Black Lives matter movements with his platform. Steam V-Tape above.