Mick Jenkins drops his latest visuals off the recently released Wave[s] project that dropped August 21st. The latest video is the Stefan Ponce and ThemPeople produced feel good hit “Get Up Get Down”, that’ll be sure to brighten your day.
Whoo, where to begin…
Kanye West performed in London tonight and it looked pretty crazy and filled with plenty of guests and surprises.
The most intriguing to me was the debut of another brand new song. This one’s with Vic Mensa again and produced by more Chicago artists gettin’ their first Kanye co-sign — Stefan Ponce, Smoko Ono, and D. Phelps are all behind the boards on this one. The beat sounds pretty awesome so far and the crowd was goin’ nuts below.
Apparently it’s called “U Mad” and it’s Vic’s song with Kanye and Big Sean featuring. Whoof, looks like “Wolves” wasn’t just a one time collab with ‘Ye.
He also brought out the freaking Wu-Tang Clan. Watch some fan footage of “C.R.E.A.M.” below.
Then finally, the London audience was treated to a live performance of two of Kanye’s newest album previews “All Day” (sans flamethrower, unfortunately) and “Wolves” with Vic on stage too (still need that CDQ.) The whole set was accompanied by some new background set visuals too and other surprise guests were Big Sean, CyHi The Prynce, Skepta, and Allan Kingdom. Visuals of all this below.
Vic Mensa’s homecoming show lived up to the hype. The sold out show was a memorable showcase by all that formed part from beginning to end and left much anticipation of what is expected from the young emcee’s forthcoming EP Streetlights. Highlights from the show are below in order.
The Treated Crew producer/DJ kicked off the show with a phenomenal showcase of his production credits as well as played some exclusive never before heard tracks that he and Childish Gambino have been working on. His DJ showcase left audiences wanting more for his unique ability to blend some juke and house music.
The Save Money rapper was high energy from beginning to end delivering tracks from his Hotchips N Chopstix project and bringing it all together with his classic feel-good track “I Know”.
Leather Corduroys [Joey Purp & Kami de Chukwu]:
If you didn’t know Leather Corduroys [Joey & Kami] they wasted NO TIME in introducing themselves to new and old listeners. The Save Money duo gave us intensity and energy throughout their showcase and brought the house down with their banger “Irie Trill Vibes”.
Irie Trill Vibes
Vashtie Kola was in attendance at Vic’s show and DJ’s a set. For those that don’t know Va$htie, she is a New York based director, filmmaker, artist, designer, and creative consultant extraordinaire. She is also the first female designer of the Jordan brand shoe. Her set consisted of golden age 1980-early 90’s NYC based Hip-Hop.
DJ Oreo, Vic and Chance the Rapper’s DJ did a great job hyping up the crowd for Vic Mensa, continuously building up momentum for the arrival of Vic on stage.
Vic Mensa was lights out phenomenal in her homecoming performance at Metro. The prolific Save Money emcee and XXL Freshmen had his audience holding on to his words as he performed some of his most popular tracks off INNANETAPE and some exclusive new material off his forthcoming project Sreetlights EP. The most memorable cameo was Chance The Rapper coming out to spit his verse for Suitcase. Vic Mensa closed off his show with an encore performance of “Feel That” that brought down the crowd as he capped off his phenomenal performance for the night. The Save Money army leader definitely shined bright in his night of glory and reminded us how much our Chicago youth has been doing to claim back our streets through empowering music.
Seven Nation Army
Down On My Luck
This flew under my radar in the month of November — a fresh, official remix from Chicago’s Stefan Ponce of a standout from Kiesza’s new Sound of a Woman album “No Enemiesz”. The original is already dope featuring an edgy, upbeat, and ever-changing production. I dig the upbeat vibe to Stefan’s flip too. Both are equally awesome as Kiesza’s light vocals remain constant here and throughout the rest of the album, which has plenty of songs in my rotation at the moment. Adding this one to it!
An already phenomenal track gets an interesting flip as Stefan Ponce remixes Vic Mensa’s “Feel That”.
Happy Birthday to the homie Alex Wiley and congratulations on the release of your second project “Village Party”! The project is Alex’s sophomore follow-up to “Club Wiley”, which he released in 2013. Village Party is a 14 track project that includes incredible features from Mick Jenkins and Kembe X as well as production from Hippie Sabatage, Stefan Ponce, Odd Couple, ThemPeople, Blev, among others. The tribe has spoken, VILLAGE Up!
Vic Mensa premieres the new visual for his dabbling into the dance genre with “Down On My Luck”. The club/hip hop single, produced by Stefan Ponce, gets the appropriate club hopping storyline — multiple storylines, in fact. Cool concept, made even better with subtleties like the iMessages popping up. Strong output overall from Vic.