Vic Mensa has returned with a brand-new song “Shelter,” featuring Wyclef Jean and Chance the Rapper.
The single marks the Chicago rapper’s first release of the year, following his 2020 surprise mixtape V Tape. Boasting a soulful guitar-driven melody, the track calls for greater awareness of poverty and homelessness in America. It also references Black victims of police brutality, including the late Philando Castile and Elijah McClain.
“I’ll be your shelter / ’eaven shall see / Please count on me, yeah / I’ll be your superhero / When danger arrives / I’ll be by your side, you’re my lucky dime,” Wyclef rap-sings on the chorus.
The single’s cover art also pays tribute to Julius Jones, a former student athlete who was convicted in 2002 for a murder he maintains he did not commit. Jones currently faces the death penalty. In an Instagram post, Mensa urged his fans to donate to a fundraising campaign to help save Jones’ life. “julius jones is an innocent man,” he wrote.
“Shelter” dropped alongside a moving visual, which you can watch below: