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Here’s the major point: two weeks ago, Vic Mensa performed a snippet of a new song at Wesleyan University’s Spring Fling which yours truly taped and is now getting around to posting in the aftermath of the hellhole that is finals. You can watch the video above or on YouTube here.
Besides Vic, the lineup was for the concert was fantastic: Atlanta producer Sonny Digital opened, followed by Rapsody, a North Carolina native with a distinct flow and fantastic sound (seriously, check out this joint with Anderson .Paak) and The Orwells, a five-piece garage-rock outfit, whose straight-up, driven style is impossible to not groove to and whose singer, Mario Cuomo, shares a name with the former New York governor.
Finally, Vic Mensa took the stage, alone. His set included favorites such as the iconic Kanye West collab “U Mad” and the timely “16 Shots” from his new EP, There’s a lot Going On. Towards the end of the set, he previewed a new song for the audience, as he put it “a little treat.” Beginning by outlining a call-and-response, Mensa performed the track for a hyped audience.
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The track has bouncy, funky, almost throwback feel that is a departure from the electronic production of Vic Mensa’s latest releases and is hard not to bounce to. The twangy guitar riff in particular gives the track a unique, recognizable sound that Mensa’s earlier music is generally lacking. If this a new direction Vic is taking for an upcoming album, it certainly sounds promising.
Owen Daly-Smith was born in Manhattan, moved to New Jersey at the tail end of elementary school, and increasingly regrets his receding claim to living in New York. He does, however, admit that New Jersey diners are without equal. He is interested primarily in his two areas of study, English and Economics but is also interested in music (as if it's possible not to be these days), television, and fitness.