Chicago rapper Vic Mensa recently released a new EP entitled The Manuscript. The EP’s standout track, “OMG,” featuring Pusha T, just got a brand new visual treatment. Co-directed by Mensa and Shomi Patwary, the video is currently a Tidal exclusive. You can also watch a preview below via Mensa’s Twitter.
Opening with a cameo from Ethan Cutkosky of the Showtime series Shameless, the video follows Mensa around with his SaveMoney crew, including several familiar faces: Joey Purp, Towkio, Smoko Ono, and Mano. They cause mischief and hustle through the city before meeting up with the song’s guest verse extraordinaire, Pusha T. Bright colors flash throughout the dark night, setting up the mood for a moody-yet-bright evening with good music, or in Pusha’s case, G.O.O.D. Music. Although Pharrell helped create the song, he does not appear in the video.
“OMG” is built around a dark & brash guitar melody. Plucked strings and 808 drum beats pulse, pushing the song forward with gritty energy. Vic weaves political themes in between more standard rap swag with bars like, “Free Vic Mensa Amistad chain swanging / This that crack music, n*gga, you can blame Reagan.” He finishes his verse declaring that “no lives matter.”
The Manuscript serves as a lead-up to Mensa’s forthcoming album. While it is technically an EP, the rapper refers to it as a capsule. Rumors about his upcoming album have been promising, with Andrew Barber of Fake Shore Drive recently tweeting out details. It’s reported that Pharrell, Chief Keef, Rivers Cuomo, Joey Purp, The-Dream, and more will all be featured. Barber described it as “Vic’s BEST work to date.” His new album will be the first full-length project from Mensa since his 2013 mixtape, INNANETAPE.
Late last year, Mensa released the striking, violent, and politically-charged video for “16 Shots” from his 2016 EP Theres Alot Going On. Revisit it below.