by Jimby Sisto
photo by Frank Ockenfels III
Victor Kwesi Mensah (a.k.a. Vic Mensa) is one hungry dude. Nine years into his career and still only 24, Mensa has already released a heavy catalog of bangers and seems destined to grab the torch from aging Chicago hip-hop forefathers like Kanye and Common. The game seems to have already been changed in the short time that Mensa has been introduced, and he has had more than a little to do with this. Stirring, relatable and ground-trembling, The Autobiography is his debut studio album released this July by Roc Nation/Capitol Records. Watch it come to life at Riot Fest as Mensa is bound to make his hometown proud with a powerful performance that should be in line with Chance the Rapper’s heroic headlining gig at this year’s Lollapalooza. Always connected to his community and his roots, Mensa’s eyes are starting to focus in on bigger prizes and more blockbuster-type moments. And no one can stop him.