It's been awhile since we've made a (2)Dope to Sleep On post, and I apologize. In case you aren't aware, this post is made to shed light on artists that both I and Meka think should get more exposure. In the past we spoke on the likes of J. Cole (in 2008), Diz Girbran, Reallionaire Jream, QuESt, J.A.M.E.S. Watts, Grynch, Black Element and more. I've been meaning to make these posts more frequently, but time just doesn't allow it.
Anyways, with this installment I'd like to introduce (or reintroduce) y'all to Chicago's Vic Mensa and a group out of Venice, CA that goes by Warm Brew.
Warm Brew (Venice)
The Los Angeles based foursome consists of emcees Ray Wright, Manu Li, Serk Spliffton and Espy. Another breathe of fresh air coming from the West Coast bringing back that jazzy, laid back, feel good music, reminiscent of the Pharcyde. I've included two joints below: Oh My was featured on their debut album, Natural Spirit, that they released last year. And I believe Go To School will be featured on their upcoming self-titled EP, dropping in the next few weeks.
Photo: Nolis Universe
Vic Mensa (Chicago)
Up next is a young talent out of the Chi. You may actually recognize the name as we've posted two videos he's done as part of the group, Kids These Days. Last year the Hyde Park born emcee released his Straight Up EP in conjunction with the good folks at RubyHornet. He also provided a song for Nike's City Of Win mixtape which featured other Chicago artists like Juice, Add-2, Mikkey Halsted and more. To hear more about his come up and a story of how he escaped death, check out this video. I'm really excited to hear what this kid can bring in the years to come.