You Should Be Listening to Vic Mensa

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May 18 2014 9:49 AM

You Should Be Listening to Vic Mensa

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Vic Mensa performs in Texas.

Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for MTV

“Down On My Luck” marks the first official single from Chicago’s Vic Mensa since he signed a record deal. Mensa got wide notice with his independently released INNANETAPE last year, and for good reason: His off-kilter style and stream-of-consciousness rhymes set him apart as a unique voice in hip-hop.

Those who are already fans of Mensa may be thrown by this new track: Vic opts to flex his vocal chords and shows off some real singing ability over a bouncy, synthy dance track. That he can experiment this successfully with his sound suggests that his range is even broader than his early work suggested.

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The video, meanwhile, is something of a Groundhog Day homage. If only we all had infinite re-dos when we hit the club.

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