Happy Music Monday everyone and what a special one it is. Today, I hear by resurrect this music blog and bring ABOUT the revival of groovy tunes and funky fresh posts. It has been a while since I’ve posted, but I promise I’m back and will only adhere to the dopest of musical posting standards from here on out. The bad dad jokes are here to stay SO let’s get jiggy with it.
Today, we will be reviewing Chicago’s very best, Vic Mensa and his new album entitled: “The Autobiography.” If you don’t know Mensa, he is primarily known for his rock star leather jacket/tattoo aesthetic with a troubled teenage rebel like persona as well as a decently aggressive rap style.
With that being said, this album smoothens out Mensa’s rougher edges (at times) and hones in on some of the more intimate experiences in his life. Of course you have exceptions to this I.e. Down For Some Ignorance, BUT for the most part you experience a more personable side. Heavy on the self-reflection, this fifteen piece project was also worked on by the famous, No I.D. the same producer who just freshly worked on Jay Z’s recent hitter 4:44. You can definitely feel No I.D. ‘s influence in this album, which in part is what gives it the more rounded vibe. But before I give too much away, let’s dissect some tracks.
Say I Didn’t:
In this track, Mensa does a lot of heavy self-reflection and the growth he has experienced with his different relationships. The last verse in particular focuses on the relationship he shares with his father. He discuses their growth by stating, “you used to hate to hear the phone ring. Now you can’t wait to hear the phone ring ain’t that a beautiful thing.” This shows the development in their relationship and how it has changed over time. ALSO the track starts off with a recording of Mensa’s father calling out to him to cut the music off as he is listening to old school R&B. This not only introduces the beautiful soul that is incorporated into the tracks rhythm, but also subtly expresses the different musical influences Mensa has had growing up. This is a small glimpse into the window of Mensa’s creative mind and his inspirations. Overall, this is a great first track and intro to this reflective album.
Memories on 47th:
In this track, Mensa expresses feelings of being misunderstood but not giving in and still pushing towards his goals. He is misunderstood when the “teachers didn’t see my vision, had me in EIP.” SO just to give everyone some back ground info if you didn’t know, what that stands for is Individualized Education Programs. So he was most definitely misunderstood, at least for his creative streak. Also, Mensa raps about his goals and how his brushes with death have not slowed him down. For example, his experience at Lollapalooza jumping the fence and then taking 15,000 volts of electricity to the elbow. Like, Holy F*#^. Mensa raps “the doctor said I should be dead, still alive and still ain’t scared. In the hospital bed, writin’ these rhymes in my head.” These moments clearly had a strong impact on Mensa and have most definitely NOT slowed him down in his drive for success. Bravissimo my friend.
Down for Some Ignorance:
SOOO on this track we get more of the older Vic. This track throws us back to the older Vic style with a little more aggression and a lot more of imma bout tah roll up on your block and dot dot dot…. i.e. “Grab your gun, and pop a pill, and put your middle finger up in the sky.” Man CALLING ALL TO RUN. OR COME THE F&^% OUT. Either or, Vic is throwing down. So like I said before, this track definitely touches on his older style with reporting on his more violent experiences. You also have Chief Kief on this track which if you’re trynna round everyone up…. I mean the man isn’t allowed in a handful of states so you get the picture. I rest my case. Regardless, this track reflects on the darker and more aggressive experiences Vic has had growing up. It contrasts with tracks like “Say I Didn’t” but there wouldn’t be “Say I Didn’t” if you didn’t have the darker times. With ups there are downs and with the dark there is always the light. Over all, this is a great track that shows another side of Vic.
So in the end, this is a great first start to Mensa’s individual career as an artist. I would definitely recommend checking it out. Full of self-reflection, it is an insightful listen.
CHECK IT OUT.
Until next week,