Vic Mensa is an outspoken, brash, intelligent artist that has grown significantly since Innanetape. From drinking Orange Soda, fucking with drugs and getting into trouble, the Chicago native has grown into a thoughtful, innovative, and sometimes poetic, piece of Hip Hop's contemporary puzzle.
On International Pride Day (Tuesday, June 28th), he dropped "Free Love," a highly emotive and collaborative piece featuring Le1f, Halsey, Lil B and spoken word artist Malik Yusef. Commencing with acoustic strums on a swinging melody, Mensa asks "What happened to free love?"
Mensa was inspired by a family member coming out, in addition to the recent events in Orlando, Florida. In an interview with The FADER, Mensa shares his views on sexuality in the hip-hop scene and his wish to achieve inclusiveness and understanding by breaking boundaries.
The lyrics are anthemic, and each artist pops into their verses with unique flair.
I first discovered Le1f when he opened for M.I.A. at the Danforth Music Hall quite some time ago. The audience was enveloped in his command, through the lyrics, light show and Kiki Ball choreography. It's great to see him shine on this track.
There's clear connection to the recent Pulse nightclub shootings in Orlando. And although timely, Halsey's lyrics show that there's been long-standing ignorance all along.