Word Of Mouth: Vic Mensa Picks His Three Fave Artists On the Rise

Word of Mouth is a series where we get you guys onto cool things, via cool people. We’re talking to our favorite creatives, artists, and athletes about their favorite stuff in their lives right now—cool apps they’re addicted to, new albums they can’t stop bumping, new health regimens… anything goes. Prepare to be put on. 

Vic Mensa is quite the influencer. His signature locs, fashion-forward style, expert picture-taking, and Kanye West cosign are altogether the stuff of every publicist (and hypebeast)’s dreams.

But, what’s most influential about the 23 year-old Chicago rapper is the fact that he uses his celebrity platform to impact real change, shedding light on social injustices nationwide. Recently, Mensa encouraged voter registration with his Respect My Vote campaign and gifted registrants with a free download of his politically-charged latest project, There’s Alot Going On. 

If it’s one thing the guy knows how to do, it’s how to set a trend. And as the founder of the SaveMoney crew, he also knows really good music (no pun intended). Put the two together, and here we are. So for this installment of our Word of Mouth series, Chi-Town’s own put us on to these three artists he says you should know. If you don’t know ’em already, get to know ’em now.

Joey Purp

“That’s my brother from my crew, SaveMoney,” Mensa said of his cohort, who he’s currently hitting the road with for his Back with A Vengeance Tour. “He has a mixtape out called iiiDrops. Super dope.”

Jean Deaux

“That’s a dope singer from Chicago,” Mensa said. The singer has done shows with Mensa in the past, and the two also appeared on a track together with SaveMoney artist Dally Auston.

Mickey Shiloh

“Mickey Shiloh’s from the Bay, and she’s super fresh,” Mensa said. The singer and songwriter, who Mensa thanked on There’s Alot Going On, also co-wrote and added vocals to Mensa’s latest single “New Bae.”

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