Vic Mensa’s ‘The Manuscript’ Album Is Available for Streaming [LISTEN]
Vic Mensa dropped a surprise EP on his fans today (June 8). The four-song effort, The Manuscript, is available for streaming on Spotify and other services.
The set’s kick-off single is “OMG” featuring a guest verse from Pusha T and production from Pharrell. Over a sinister beat with blaring guitars and marimba plunks, the Chicago rhymer spits abrasive bars against corrupt police, computer keyboard gangsters and Bill O'Reilly. “This that crack music, you can blame Reagan,” he rhymes, adding, “I’m Killa Season Cam, no lives matter, blam!”
Pusha T delivers his braggadocios rhymes as he warns other rappers that he’s not on his level. “We can go foreign to foreign until it gets boring,” he spits, adding, “Street poetry I’m more Wale than Lauryn / Till the world is mine like Illmatic and Lauryn.”
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Mensa described The Manuscript as a preview for his full-length debut album, due out later this summer.
"I'm calling it a 'capsule.' It's called The Manuscript. It's an introduction to my album which is coming this summer, release date pending. Very soon," he said.
"It's a journey it takes you on as a listener, it's a story. A very detailed story that's all very interconnected," he continues. "One of these records is called "Rolling Like a Stoner," it's a part of that story. Another one, ['OMG'], Pharrell and Pusha T, it's just a dope-ass rap song. It's not necessarily a part of that narrative. I did that...for an introduction into my process."
"I didn't want to be in your traditional label format game -- single, single, album. Not one song fully encapsulates [the album]," he adds. "So I wanted to present my album as a full album and thank my fans for being there and let 'em know it's coming in my own way."
Check out Vic Mensa's EP The Manuscript above and the "OMG" track below.