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Chicago’s Vic Mensa is one of rap’s most promising up-and-comers. After the 2013 breakup of his indie rock band Kids These Days, the artist embarked on a few solo endeavors, resulting in his first major mixtape, INNANETAPE. Vic followed up the project by launching the hip-hop collective SAVEMONEY, which includes frequent collaborator Chance The Rapper.

After tagging along a few global tours with the likes of fellow emcees Wale, J. Cole and Danny Brown, Mensa dropped his first single, “Down On My Luck,” via Virgin EMI Records in June 2014 – which served as the first cut from his (TBA) debut studio album Traffic.

But it was when the emcee lent his vocal chops on Kanye West’s “Wolves” record, which he premiered during last year’s YEEZY Season 1 presentation, that really put Mensa on the map. A few months later, the 22-year-old rapper would link up with Kanye for a second time on “U Mad,” another alleged cut from Traffic. Now signed to Jay Z’s Roc Nation imprint, Mensa shows no signs of slowing down as he continues to roll out new music and gear up for his impending inaugural album.

We recently paid Vic a visit at his modest Beverly Hills abode, where we captured the rapper lounging around while rocking his trademark street punk steez.

Peep the photos above and check out our latest shoot with alt-R&B crooner A.Chal.

Words by Nico Amarca
Fashion Editor, North America