Articulate, decisive and deeply philosophical, Vic Mensa is an artist who’s built from the foundation of what hip hop rests on: conscious poetry flowing from the minds of the people experiencing life in the most intimate of ways. His dreads are hanging down to his shoulders, “SOUTHSIDE” is tattooed cleanly across the front of his neck as he sits in the middle of a beautiful hotel room in Montreal. Through diligent dedication and pure effort he’s come a long way from the sinister streets of Chicago and is now doing everything he can to make proper change all over the country where he’s from.
“Any person becomes a threat to the government when you start talking about the hidden truths and anything diverging from the revisionist history agenda and American patriotism. When you’re in school as a kid they don’t teach you the things that you need to know to be informed and to be a free thinker. They teach you the things you need to know in order to play a part, and be a cog in the system. You start connecting the dots? That’s when they’re gonna kill you. That’s when you become a real threat to the government, when you start uniting people that’ve been divided to conquer them.”
Vic is undoubtedly educated on the history of America. Not only on the willful, destruction of his people by the American government but also of the free-thinking revolutionaries that made leaps and bounds to give a young black man like Vic the opportunities he has today. He speaks fondly of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. It’s evident he knows their place in history. He’s aware of not only the past, but the present situation drowning the country today.
“Clearly the president is a puppet. The president is not even elected by a general election of people. In America that’s not real at all. If that’s the meaning of democracy, “by and for the people” then America in that sense is not a democracy… One of the main bills that established mandatory minimums was drafted, written and presented by a a super PAC, a group of companies that included the privatized prisons. So you got the people that own the prisons writing the law that locks the black men up. That’s mind blowing.”
Be wary, he exclaims, “don’t drink the Kool-Aid, find out for yourself. Blaze your own path, blaze your own trail. You have been misled and you will be misled if you continue to allow yourself to be. Be unapologetically you.”