Vic Mensa – INNANETAPE
Chance the Rapper might be the latest young rapper to get all the newfound Chicago love, and you better believe Vic Mensa is next up on that list. He once fronted the live rap band Kids These Days before they broke up and Vic went for dolo, creating an insane amount of buzz with “Orange Soda” and “Hollywood LA”. INNANETAPE is less uncomfortably introspective than Acid Rap and is a little more plush, but Vic is a breath of fresh air regardless. He’s got a sheltered naiveté to his music (“Do you believe in magic?” he asks on “Magic” with Jesse Boykins III) with a weary eye to the future, but it’s the complete package of beats, attitude and vigor that makes him appealing. Hewlett Packard even hooked him up with cloud rap specialist Clams Casino to test Vic’s limits, so things are looking pretty bright for him right now. He is missing that one intangible star quality that Chance harbors, though, and he’ll need to focus his product and craft a story that people can connect to if he wants to move up into the upper echelon.