From growing up in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago to joining and ultimately leaving Kids These Days to pursue a solo career, Vic Mensa, a recent Roc Nation signee, has plotted his moves perfectly since day one. A day after announcing his management deal with the house that Jay Z built, he discussed the details with Justin Credible of Los Angeles’ Power 106.
“It feels amazing,” Vic expressed. “I’ve been the hugest Jay Z fan for my whole life. Even past just being a fan, I have a lot of faith in how they do things at Roc Nation.”
The Chicagoan revealed that it was Roc Nation music executive Lenny Santiago, affectionately known as Lenny S., who was the catalyst. The industry veteran met with Mensa in Boston as he traveled on J. Cole’s “What Dreams May Come” tour back in 2013.
Mensa’s achievements in rap came incrementally as he continuously displayed his versatility on his INNANETAPE project and loosies like “Down On My Luck” and collabs with Kaytranada.
He’s since forged a relationship with Kanye West, and has a pair of collaborations (that we know about) to show for it in “Wolves” and his new single “U Mad,” which quickly became a fan-favorite.
Hear Mensa speak below.