Vic Mensa has shared his new EP, I Tape, the sequel to last year’s V Tape.
On the new project, the rapper explores racial inequality and social activism, with the help of fellow Chicago musicians such as Chance the Rapper, Jeremih, Eryn Allen Kane, Wyatt Waddell and more. The EP also includes an appearance from Wyclef Jean on “Shelter” and Zacari on “Fr33dom.”
A press release for I Tape states that the project focuses on the “injustices that Vic has long addressed in his social activism work, both as an individual and through initiatives of his nonprofit organization SAVEMONEYSAVELIFE.”
Last month, Mensa spoke to Uproxx about the organization: “I was in Palestine and I met a kid who was part of an organization that was doing the exact same program,” he said. “They raised X amount of dollars and were able to train and provide equipment for, I don’t know, 50 medics in Gaza because the Gaza Strip is obviously a fucking war zone. It made me think instantly of another warzone: Chicago. I want to bring this program back to Chicago.”
Mensa also dropped a Chris Simmons-directed video for “Fr33dom” that metaphorically captures Mensa’s revolutionary politics and the responsibility he feels towards his young listeners. Watch it below:
And stream I Tape here: