Although he was just named one of the twelve artists in this year’s XXL freshman class, the latest track from Vic Mensa can barely be considered a rap song. The Chicago rapper makes great use of his nimble mercury-slicked flow on “Down on My Luck”, removing the spaces between words so that they tumble into each other like dominoes, but with its soft neon fog and translucent chords, the song could’ve slotted onto the back half of Settle—last year’s breakout debut from Disclosure—without raising any eyebrows.
In fact, even though he’s recently been on tour with the UK dance duo, it’s the restlessness of last year’s Innanetape that helps contextualize “Down on My Luck” as a natural extension of Mensa’s omnivorous musical appetite rather than a hard—and cynical—left turn. It also doesn’t hurt that the track nails the propulsive throb of deep house and comes equipped with an earworm of a hook that suggests Mensa might have a career in him as a dance vocalist if this rapping thing doesn’t pan out.
Vic Mensa been doin his thing lately and this is a tune right here. What do you think? Leave a comment below.