Vic Mensa helps the city of Chicago with good deed

Gas, food and rent prices have been skyrocketing this year, and Vic Mensa has been helping people in his hometown of Chicago with extra compensation. The rapper recently donated $10,000 of gas for 200 cars and gave out pre-rolled joints. Mensa’s company, 93 Boyz, Chicago’s first Black-owned cannabis company, helped with the donation. He told TMZ […]

Chance The Rapper and the DuSable Museum host block party for Juneteenth

Chance The Rapper, in collaboration with DuSable Museum, held a block party in honor of Juneteenth. The block party was a celebration of Black culture, art and Juneteenth. Chance hosted a special viewing of his interdisciplinary work “The Highs & Lows” with Yanis Davy Guibingna, a 27 -year-old photographer from Gabon. Thousands filled the campus […]

Chicago rapper Vic Mensa arrested after landing at DC airport from Ghana

Rapper Vic Mensa whose legal name is Victor Kwesi Mensah had just returned from Ghana when U.S. Border patrol officials found illegal drugs in his luggage. The 28 year old Mensa arrived around 7am on Jan 15. When Customs and Border Protection service officials searched his luggage at Dulles International Airport outside of Washington DC, […]

Vic Mensa teams up with Hollywood costume designer Ruth E. Carter for new film

Chicago rapper Vic Mensa is expanding his repertoire and adding acting to his résumé. The Roc Nation artist made his television acting debut on “The Chi” this month and has now been cast to star in the upcoming hip-hop drama African/American. The film will chronicle the rise of South Africa’s hip-hop scene and is based […]

Vic Mensa’s nonprofit robbed of $40K worth of goods

Vic Mensa took a hit at the top of the year and just revealed that his nonprofit organization, SaveMoneySaveLife, was burglarized. Vic explained that thieves stole over $40-thousand worth of donated goods, including new shoes and medical supplies. Coats, hats and other warming goods were also taken in the heist. The Chicago emcee went live […]

After 89 years is the Bud Billken Parade still about Black children?

The Bud Billiken Parade is the oldest African American parade in the United States and will always signal the start of a new school year and an opportunity for the children of Chicago, mainly the south side to simply have fun. This is the 89th year that the parade has been in existence. View this […]

Vic Mensa talks collaboration with Vivian Maier

AT&T‘s A Summer of Collaborations series is where they join two artists in collaboration with regard to the spirit of their work. Hip-hop artist Vic Mensa and photographer Vivian Maier were the subjects. Academy award winner John Maloof connected them. We spoke with Mensa about the collaboration. [jwplatform W9OqVEH5]

Vic Mensa performs ‘Shades of Blue’ at Summer of Collaboration

Vic Mensa performed his introspective song “Shades of Blue” at the Summer of Collaboration event presented by AT&T. The collaboration joined Vic Mensa and photographer Vivian Maier. The event was held at the AT&T flagship store on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. [jwplatform K7JxOmeB]

Rakim, Vic Mensa perform at the Takin’ It to the Streets event

Photo credit: Melanie L. Brown for Steed Media Service Rakim, Vic Mensa, the Rock Steady Crew and other top acts performed during the Takin’ It to the Streets event. The event was held in Chicago at Marquette Park in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King.

Rapper Vic Mensa claims he was racially profiled

Up-and-coming rapper Vic Mensa has never been shy about giving his opinion on the ways of the world around him and his conscious and political thoughts are part of what make him a growing star in the hip-hop community. So it comes as no surprise that the outspoken MC had a lot to say this week when […]

Rita Ora files lawsuit against Jay Z’s Roc Nation

Jay Z may have just beat one lawsuit, but it looks as though he already has another to contend with. According to reports, singer and actress Rita Ora has filed suit against the mogul’s Roc Nation record label and seeks to be let go from her contract. The lawsuit reportedly claims Ora’s contract, which she signed at […]

Kanye West announces new album via Twitter

Kanye West used Twitter early this morning to reveal the name of his new album. The G.O.O.D. Music boss revealed that his seventh solo album will be titled So Help Me God and tweeted what is presumably the cover art for the project as seen below:   So Help Me God is the follow-up to 2013’s Yeezus. The new album […]

Drake, Azealia Banks and more to perform at Coachella

The wildly popular Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, commonly referred to simply as Coachella, is gearing up for its 2015 run. Given that the reunion of OutKast at last year’s fest will be hard to match, the recently released lineup should have a little something for everyone. YMCMB titan Drake has been tapped to be one […]

Hot 97’s Who’s Next showcase at SOB’s

The latest round of next generation stars took the stage at SOBs last night (February 18) and the show opened with Miami-born, KB Yung Hustle, who literally won his way on stage with rhymes as he won last year’s Hot 97’s Summer Jam Battle Contest and Rugz D. Bewler, a Harlem dweller whose works has mixed with BET and Dame Dash.

Turntable Tuesdays: DJ Lee Farmer

Lee Farmer was a DJ before he ever saw a set of turntables. He and his younger brother would sneak into their father’s jazz collection and listen to records for hours. As they got older, they were able to purchase a mismatched set of broken down turntables and taught each other how to mix. By the time […]