Vic Mensa is the next big thing out of Chicago. Despite remaining independent, he has gotten co-signs from J. Cole, Ab-Soul, Hit-Boy, and Danny Brown. He has risen to prominence as part of the resurgence of Chicago hip hop, and is part of the SAVE MONEY collective along with fellow Chicago newcomer Chance the Rapper. The 20 year-old has only been rapping for 4 years, but has released two projects, Straight Up (2010), and INNANETAPE (2013). The latter mixtape is what has trapped the music industry’s attention. He and Chance, among others, represent a separate trend in Chicago rap from the drill scene headlined by Chief Keef. A charismatic performer, Mensa is poised to make serious inroads in the music industry in 2014.
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