Vic Mensa Wows With Politically Charged Lollapalooza Set

Vic Mensa made a politically charged statement during his set at Lollapalooza.

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Vic Mensa is known for not being afraid to get political with his music, but during his Lollapalooza set Saturday night, he turned things up to a new level. As Chicagoist reports, surrounded by backup dancers clad in riot gear, Mensa punched his way through his set with "Sixteen Shots." The track is a commentary on the police shooting of Laquan McDonald, which happened not too far from where Lollapalooza is being held in Chicago. His performance of the song ended with a dramatic verbal recounting of the exact events that led to McDonald's death.

Cops at @lollapalooza telling us "don't go see @VicMensa" hahahahahah

— nida (@yo_nida) July 31, 2016

Photos: highlights of @Lollapalooza day 3 included @VicMensa, @JanesAddiction & @Grimezsz.

— Chicagoist (@Chicagoist) July 31, 2016

After that, he brought out Lucy Stoole for a performance of his pro-LBGTQ track "Free Love." Two of the riot gear police were actually a gay couple, whom Stoole married on stage during the performance. 

That moment when you realize just how major that moment was! Thanks to @VicMensa for having me on at @lollapalooza

— LUCILLE STOOLE (@LucyStoole) July 31, 2016

Elsewhere in the set, he performed "Shades of Blue," a track dedicated to victims of the Flint water crisis, and recounted almost dying while trying to sneak into Lollapalooza years ago. He noted that the high price of admission made the festival not very accessible to people on Chicago's impoverished South Side. Check out some more pictures, videos, and general thoughts on the powerful performance below.

@VicMensa closed out Lollapalooza tonight with more than just an music set. It was an eye opening message & one of best shows of the dat

— ⚔BA$H⚔ (@Tomo_epv) July 31, 2016

@VicMensa was the best concert I've ever been to 🔥✊

— henry ☭ (@HGottschlich) July 31, 2016

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