Words By Jake Krez
Two generations of Chicago Hip-Hop just collided as Kanye West joined Vic Mensa for the single “U Mad” which hit the Internet earlier today. Produced by Smoko Ono, Stefan Ponce, Mensa and ‘Ye, the single was rumored to drop earlier this week, was teased by Mensa at his monthly party in Chicago’s Wicker Park and today we finally we get the track in it’s entirety.
It’s an anointing if there ever was one and Mensa takes full advantage of the opportunity – after already having recently appeared on Kanye’s “Wolves” – by breezing through am myriad of rhyme schemes over the first verse as he cadences against the over-sized backdrop the production provides. He’s at once breathless and measured, asserting himself throughout, “Ooh I don’t need y’all either, oooh don’t wanna talk about it” while continuing to touch on the kind of NSFW lyrical content that finds a reflection in ‘Ye.
Hearing West’s voice come on Mensa’s track produced by hometown guys for the first time I admittedly giggled like a kid on Christmas morning. For a generation of kids who grew up with West as the point man for Hip-Hop, especially here in the Midwest, this collaboration is a true milestone. It’s Kanye interacting with the manifestation of himself; a kid who grew up on the Southside now brought to the national stage.
It’s an important record for that generation and an appropriate track to make the connection. This, besides the quick rise of Towkio, Leather Corduroys and Brian Fresco could well make it the year of SaveMoney.