2014 has seen Chicago rapper Vic Mensa distancing himself further and further from any comparisons to his buddy and colleague Chance the Rapper. Last year, Mensa appeared on Chance’s Acid Rap and Chance appeared on Mensa’s Innanetape. It seemed as if Mensa was destined to be the Scottie Pippen to Chance’s Michael Jordan. All that changed when Mensa posted a freestyle on his SoundCloud over Disclosure‘s “When a Fire Starts to Burn.” Mensa sounded comfortable over the house beat, knowing when it was appropriate to let the instrumental take center stage and when it was his time to step into the limelight.
Six months after his initial Disclosure freestyle, Mensa is still rapping over dance beats, further blurring the lines between the two genres. Today, he unleashed “Wimme Nah,” a collaboration with Kaytranada; the production has an almost ghostly feel to it with glittering synths and heavy, no-nonsense bass. Mensa jumps on with a swaggering flow, standing out where he has to, blending in when it’s necessary. Following the success of recent single “Down on My Luck,” this newest release seems to be a celebration of sorts for Mensa, declaring “They wimme nah!” We’re right there with you, Vic.