Since releasing his excellent INNANETAPE mixtape last September, rising Chicago rapper Vic Mensa has been maintaining his momentum with standalone singles like “Children Of The Sun” and the Chance The Rapper-aided “Suitcases”. He kicked off 2014 with a killer freestyle over Disclosure’s “When A Fire Starts To Burn”, and now he’s back with a new song entitled “Feel That”.
Though he’s known for socially conscious rhymes that occasionally border on existentialism, Mensa only wants to have fun and show-off this time around. It’s an easy enough goal with production from – ahem – Smoko Ono, who takes trap drums and syrupy keys to forge an carnival mirror version of some gangsta rap banger. Still, the brevity and playfulness comes from Mensa’s unpredictability. Even as he weaves silly rhymes about stealing watches, bringing home bacon, and vacationing in Jamaica, you can’t help but feel he’s only letting off a little steam before his next big move. Listen in below.
If you haven’t already, read why Mensa’s one of an elite group of Chicago rappers ready to make the “Chance Leap”.