Last night Vic Mensa released a brand new EP on Spotify and iTunes.
‘There’s Alot Going On’ is the first lengthy project from the Chicago rapper since his 2013 mixtape, the ‘Innanetape’.
The EP also follows his recent single ’16 Shots’, which features on the EP, and details shooting of 17-year-old black teenager Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times and killed by police in 2014. This is a cause close to Mensa’s heart. Last year he was out protesting against the Chicago police.
Mensa is also working with Respect My Vote, a campaign created by Hip Hop Caucus (“a non-profit and non-partisan organisation that connects the Hip Hop community to the civic process to build power and create positive change”) and will be offering ‘There’s Alot Going On’ up for free download until July 4 by pledging to vote on the Respect My Vote website.
Alternatively, you can stream the seven-track EP directly below:
You can see videos and photos of Mensa out campaigning in last November’s march for Laquan McDonald.
McDonald was shot in October 2014 by police officer Jason Van Dyke, who was charged with first degree murder on November 24 2015 at Chicago’s main criminal courthouse for shooting McDonald 16 times.
Prior to the final sentencing, police released a graphic dash-cam video showing the shooting.
Following the video and sentencing, protesters took to the streets and began marching, chanting “16 shots” and “we got to fight back.”
Mensa was caught on camera saying: “We want justice for Laquan and we want justice for our people.’
Chicago based rapper Chance The Rapper also took to Twitter at the time to show his support, tweeting “Be strong Chicago”.