Last week, Vic Mensa and his fellow Roc Nation confidant J. Cole were invited to perform at The Wireless Festival in Finsbury Park, London, alongside other acts which included Future, Bryson Tiller, A$AP Ferg, Kehlani, Action Bronson and Vince Staples.
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— still alive (@VicMensa) July 12, 2016
During his brief stopover in the UK, the Chicago rapper was invited up to DJ Semtex‘s BBC Radio 1Xtra show, where fans were treated to Mensa’s incredibly enlightening bars. With Pusha T’s “Numbers On the Boards” set as a backdrop, Vic touched on everything from racism, the prison industrial complex, gentrification and more.
“We in the middle of a wartime / I ain’t spitting no empty punchlines / Nestle with the bars when it’s Crunch time / A chocolate skin get you locked in the bin / Some turn looney, victim to a Giuliani serving that Rudy Tabootie / That’s the Chalkzone, Keith Haring outlines in the school zone.”