by Vic Mensa
- Record Label: Roc Nation
- Release Date: Jul 28, 2017
- Summary: The debut full-length studio release for the Chicago rapper features guest appearances from Chief Keef, The Dream, Joey Purp, Pusha T, Syd, Ty Dolla $ign, Weezer, Pharrell Williams and Saul Williams.
- Record Label: Roc Nation
- Genre(s): Rap, Midwest Rap, Contemporary Rap
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|We Could Be Free|
|We could be free If we only knew we were slaves to the pains of each other One day, I believe I'd learn To see my enemy as my brother Then we could...||See the rest of the song lyrics|
Positive: 8 out of 13
Mixed: 5 out of 13
Negative: 0 out of 13
Jul 31, 2017Previous songs have hopped around topics and genres(dance music, bombastic Kanye collaborations; here are arresting departures like the slow, hyper-modern torch song Coffee & Cigarettes or the closing electronic rock ballad Rage.
Aug 3, 2017It’s a scattershot album gelled together by Mensa’s emotionally frank lyrics, which reveal a complex persona.
Feb 6, 2018At its best--on "We Could Be Free"--"The Autobiography" adds to this reputation. At its worst, the album still sounds very good; aside from a pair of tracks that evince a teenaged boy's understanding of love, sex, and women (both of which--"Homewrecker" and "Gorgeous" -- are musically pleasant enough), there are just two more that rubbed me the wrong way. And that's mostly because they have a sound that is currently on-trend, which me feel old and out-of-touch.
Jul 28, 2017Most emotionally rich may be "Heaven on Earth," which interpolates Aughts trip-poppers Lamb: It starts as an Eminem-style letter to a dead friend, features a second verse of the friend writing back and closes with Mensa rapping as the person who killed him, trying to understand his fear and guilt.
Jul 31, 2017Mensa is also writerly. His bars can sound productively picked at and pored over, or clunky and pent-up when overly pampered. The Autobiography splits those tendencies down the middle, casting its star as a remarkable, easy-to-digest rapper with an affinity for half-baked wordplay.
Aug 25, 2017With a few misfires and a fairly traditional take on narrative set aside, Mensa’s Autobiography is still so well-crafted that it makes (almost) every track worthwhile.
Jul 28, 2017As Vic Mensa will continue to be one of hip-hop's most buzzed about figures, his full-length Roc Nation debut is a patchy tale of contemporary rap, as Mensa tries to find the line between intimate self-confessions and "inspirational" anthems.
Positive: 5 out of 6
Mixed: 1 out of 6
Negative: 0 out of 6
Jul 30, 2017This is an amazing album, possibly my favorite so far this year, I've listened to it front to back about five times. The album really touchedThis is an amazing album, possibly my favorite so far this year, I've listened to it front to back about five times. The album really touched me, from Vic talking about his experience at Lollapalooza to the talk of his homewrecker ex-girlfriend. This is one of the few albums that has captivated me enough to let me listen so many times all the way through.… Expand
Jul 29, 2017Wow. This album was simply amazing, and it's definitely up there with DAMN. for rap album of the year. I have listened to it front to back aWow. This album was simply amazing, and it's definitely up there with DAMN. for rap album of the year. I have listened to it front to back a few times now and each song is as solid as the last.… Expand
Aug 25, 2019This album is great i love his versatility and hes also a really lyrical artists and this album is just so enjoyable
Jul 29, 2017Really nice debut album. The collabs are good. Aside from a slight misfire here and there, Vic makes me excited to look forward what he doesReally nice debut album. The collabs are good. Aside from a slight misfire here and there, Vic makes me excited to look forward what he does in his career ahead.… Expand
Mar 3, 2021Fresh and striking! Vic Mensa obviously had so much to say on that long autobiography. So much that it often sounds like he is out of breathFresh and striking! Vic Mensa obviously had so much to say on that long autobiography. So much that it often sounds like he is out of breath on his long songs. On this project it feels like Vic is to be counted in this impressive list of rappers who seem to be obliged to rhyme on every single measure. There are way too few moments where he let the music speak, making the majority of his tracks sound like a never-ending lyrics delivery.
Hopefully he has to decency to serve some really deep lyrics and strorytelling to us. He also managed to invite incredible guests as Pharrell Williams, The-Dream and Pusha T amongst others. For the best and the worst. Production is quite interesting especially when it allows Vic to sing (rather than rap) like in 'Memories on 47th Street'. There are here numerous amazing samples and interpolation worth the trip.… Expand
Jul 29, 2017The Autobiography is rather boring throughout the full hour of its run time. I am still confused why Vic is a rapper, his singing voice is theThe Autobiography is rather boring throughout the full hour of its run time. I am still confused why Vic is a rapper, his singing voice is the element of his music that grabs my attention the most, and based on the singing performances in this project, he isn't a bad singer.… Expand
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