Chicago rapper Vic Mensa recently released The Manuscript EP — he called it a “capsule” that was meant to warm us up for his forthcoming studio album. Rumors about the full-length LP swirled, and now, we have a title and release date: Mensa will release The Autobiography on July 28th via Roc Nation. With the news, the rapper has shared an impassioned new song, “Wings,” featuring Pharrell and Saul Williams.
Built around downtempo rhythms, shuffling snares, and R&B-inflected keyboards, Mensa’s lyrics and delivery range from delicate singing to impassioned venting. He writes from the perspective of the negative voices in his head, fervently rapping, “You’ll never be good enough n*gga you never was / Nobody fucking needs you, you should just jump off the bridge / You hurt everyone around you, you impossible to love / I don’t want you to live, I wish you were fucking dead.” He flirts with suicide throughout the song — singing about climbing to the tallest building, jumping off, and spreading his wings. Pharrell and Saul Williams assist with the hook, as the song builds to an emotional climax.
Mensa recently shared the tracklist for The Autobiography on Instagram. It will feature Weezer, Chief Keef Syd, The-Dream, Joey Purp, Ty Dolla $ign, and more. Also, “Rollin’ Like A Stoner,” one of the standout tracks on The Manuscript, is set to be on the forthcoming LP.
Last night, at The Autobiography listening party, Mensa shared some personal thoughts on the album: “This album is really my blood, sweat, and tears, and everything that I’ve learned up to this point in life.” Additionally, JAY-Z took time to praise the album and Mensa’s undeniable talents, saying, “Vic is a very special talent. He can do everything – sing well, rap well… he even engineers himself sometimes. He’s an incredible artist, like a once in a lifetime artist.”
— The Hot Box™ (@THBcollective) July 14, 2017
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