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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Vic Mensa

Posted by Amoebite, February 5, 2018 06:51pm | Post a Comment

Vic Mensa What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Chicago rapper Vic Mensa visited Amoeba Hollywood recently and picked up records by some of his all-time favorites, including two legendary bands of the UK punk scene: the Sex Pistols and The Clash. "The energy captivated me as a kid," he said of the album Never Mind the Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols. Mensa pointed to The Clash as one of his favorite bands, saying, "I feel like The Clash is the punk band." Having picked up their Live At Shea Stadium LP he said, "the live version is gonna have all of this fresh musicality that I haven't heard before."

Vic Mensa, born Victor Kwesi Mensah, began his career in the indie band Kids These Days before releasing his debut mixtape, Innanetape, in 2013. Featuring appearances by Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa The Autobiography Ab-Soul, Rockie Fresh, and BJ the Chicago Kid, the mixtape was universally acclaimed. Not long after, Mensa signed up to support J. Cole and Wale on the What Dreams May Come Tour. He was included in XXL's Freshman Class of 2014, winning over new fans with the release of "Down on My Luck," the first single from his debut EP, Street Lights.

In 2016, Mensa appeared alongside Sia on Kanye West's track "Wolves" (The Life of Pablo). He also released the There's Alot Going On EP; this was followed a year later by his The Manuscript EP. His debut full-length, The Autobiography, was released via Roc Nation in summer 2017. He was nominated for a Best Rap Song Grammy thanks to a songwriting credit on Kanye's "All Day."

In this What's In My Bag? episode, Mensa pulls Slum Village's Fantastic Vol. 2 out of his bag, which he calls "without a doubt, one of the best produced hip hop records of all time." "Dilla's really underrated as a rapper," he told us, saying his prowess as a producer has overshadowed his verbal skills. Mensa also grabbed A Tribe Called Quest's Low End Theory LP, calling it "one of the most influential hip hop albums to me." He also recalled sharing the record with his dad when he first decided to devote his life to hip hop, and cited Phife Dawg as the first rapper he listened to with the "golden flow."

But who does he consider to be the male and female incarnations of "Black Jesus?" You'll have to watch the video to find out:

Vic Mensa - What's In My Bag?
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