On Super Bowl Sunday last month, a large portion of the U.S. was tuned into CBS to watch the big game taking place in New Orleans. In Chicago, however, three artists had other business to attend to. On that day, 19-year-old Alex Wiley, fellow young burgeoning rapper Vic Mensa—who you may know from his role as the frontman of Kids These Days—and the multi-talented Chuck Inglish—who we also heard today on his “Back Up (Remix)” featuring Travi$ Scott—met up at the Closed Sessions studio to do what they do best: make music. The result is a track called “Jerseys & Loafers,” which features Inglish on the production and impressive verses from Mensa and then Wiley. Check out a short documentary behind the collaboration up top and listen to the track below.
Vic Mensa – DID IT B4
Vic Mensa recently shared both some good and bad news with XXL in a recent interview. The bad news being that his Kids These Days crew is officially disbanded, as he explained:
It’s never going to be an “I hate you” type of situation. For the most part it’s a happy settlement. There were certain moves made by some people that weren’t all the way stand-up moves, but at the end of the day there isn’t really any bad blood. It’s not like I can’t be in the room with everybody in the band, and I wish everybody the best. But the band breaking up wasn’t my ultimatum, I didn’t bring that to the table, but once it was brought to the table it kind of opened up a world I’d already been living in in my own head for a while. I just see it as a great opportunity. Kids These Days was great and it was a lot of fun, but now I want to do something different. And I produce now, too.
But with the bad, he also dropped off some good news, which is that he has just released a music video for his solo track “DID IT B4.” Budding director Austin Vesely captures the unorthodox rhythm Mensa displays on the record with crazy edits of his own. The song will be included on Mensa’s upcoming mixtape, INNANETAPE, coming soon. For those interested in reading the full interview with XXL, be sure to check it out here.
Side note: Make sure to check out the mixtape/free album, Acid Rap, by fellow Chicago emcee Chance the Rapper, if you somehow haven’t already. Mensa has a verse on the smooth track “Cocoa Butter Kisses.