Vic Mensa’s The Autobiography is so much more than just a summary of experience. It’s a statement about where he is right now, the pain that he’s been through – and most importantly, that the creation of this magnum opus has been a huge part of his healing process. “This album was like a major catharsis,” the 24-year-old says. “I was able to unpack so many of my life experiences–good, bad and everything in between–and make assessments and analyse them in a way that helped, and continues to help me learn from the past, in pursuit of a more informed and positive future.”
It’s a remarkably level-headed response from someone whose life was arguably in disarray for the better part of the last four years, having admittedly jumped from drug to drug to inspire his creativity since 2013. But at the beginning of last year, he got clean. He scrapped the album he was working on called Traffic, full of music he realised no longer represented himself, and started work on a new album – one about his personal growth, and what inspired it.
That’s what makes the release of this album such a relief. Vic always knew who he was supposed to be, and The Autobiography is his chance to finally show that to everyone else. “I've known the calibre of artist that I am just with the pen, purely from a lyrical standpoint,” Vic says. “I really really studied and put that 10,000 hours in early. So I've known the calibre of writer that I am for a long time, but I feel like just now a lot of people are starting to see that.”