This past Saturday at The Bakery At Lacuna Lofts on the city’s southwest side, Chicago rapper and Save Money leader, Vic Mensa, held his official Innanetape listening event, #ILLANET, sponsored by Adidas and long-time supporters, ILLROOTS.
When I arrived, promptly at 7:00 PM, there was already a line of 20-somethings armed with their camera equipment, draped in overpriced clothing, hugging the brick building waiting for entry into the [seemingly] most anticipated listening event since Chance the Rapper’s Acid Rap months prior. Waiting in line, I spotted the usual suspects and findings: producer Peter Cottontale, Save Money members, mass sightings of Treated Crew crowns, and girls, girls, girls.
Upon entry, I have to admit, I was sufficiently impressed. But I was also a little confused. How could a 20 year-old Chicago MC and former front man of now debunked Chicago super-group Kid These Days with only one previous solo project (see 2009’s Straight Up EP) have hundreds – literally hundreds – of Chicago’s youth at a listening party? It had to be the open bar. Maybe it was Kanye West’s DJ, DJ Mano of Treated Crew who drew the crowd. Possibly the Adidas and ILLROOTS giveaways?
But it became abundantly clear when Yung Net Save Peso entered the space and smoothly traveled through the dense crowd as to why he is so adored in this city of hate. He smiled often and genuinely, dapped his homies and fans alike, and chuckled his signature snicker like a seasoned vet. Vic Mensa is so well received and clearly revered because not only is he wholly and undeniably talented but he is visibly having fun.
Around 9:00 PM, after the open bar had been used and abused, the crowd was sufficiently liquored and loosened up enough for Vic Mensa to take the stage. With his DJ on the decks and Peter Cottontale on the keys, Mensa stormed onstage and powered through several cuts off his now released project, Innanetape and a few choice favorites to an at-capacity crowd. The 14-track album features Chance the Rapper, Rockie Fresh, Eliza Doolittle, Lili K, Ab-Soul, BJ the Chicago Kid, Joey Purp, Kenna and has Produced by Peter Cottontale, Hit-Boy, Cam, Boi-1nda, Michael Uzowuru, DJ Dahi, and more.
After Vic Mensa hopped off stage and the crowd simmered down I recalled a rare moment at the beginning of the evening where amongst the mob of 20-somethings draped in over-priced jeans, rare Jordan’s, and exquisite ladies with an excessive amount of eye make-up stood a self-mindful and undeniably proficient artist in a FREE WIFI snapback soaking the entire power in. It’s conceivable that he used to be taking a breather from announcing his salutations or possibly he was once mentally making ready to superior the fabric he has working tirelessly on for the previous couple of years. He may have simply been standing there. On the other hand, I wish to suppose he was once admiring his handiwork.
Innanetape is now on hand for circulation and free obtain.
Written by Jordhan Briggs