Chance The Rapper’s Save Money homie comes through with his debut transmission.
Another day, another Chicago rapper, right? After the breakout success of local young’un Chance The Rapper and his excellent Acid Rap mixtape earlier this year, make way for his comrade Vic Mensa, who you may recognise from his classy turn on Chance’s track ‘Cocoa Butter Kisses’ alongside Twista.
INNANETAPE is the 19-year-old’s first project since disbanding his group Kids These Days earlier in the year, and includes blog-baiting hits ‘Orange Soda’ and ‘YNSP’. Steeped in soulful samples but weighted by beefy, low-slung rhythms, it’s something of a companion piece to Acid Rap in its scope and ambition, with Mensa proving himself a strong rapper in his own right – or, as on the Thundercat-aided ‘RUN!’, an unexpected cross between Andre 3000 and Alex Turner.
The tape also feature a string of guest spots including Ab-Soul, Thundercat and Eliza Doolittle alongside members of Mensa’ Save Money crew like Chance The Rapper and Joey Purp. Production comes largely from Cam (J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League) and Peter Cottontale, as well Boi-1da, DJ Dahi and Hit-Boy among others.
01 Welcome to INNANET (prod. by Vic Mensa, add. prod. Cam for J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League & Peter Cottontale)
02 Orange Soda (Prod. by Cam for J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League)
03 Lovely Day (Prod. by Vic Mensa & Peter Cottontale)
04 Tweakin’ f/ Chance The Rapper (Prod. by Michael Uzowuru)
05 FUN! (Interlude)”
06 Magic f/ Jesse Boykins III (Prod. by Peter Cottontale)
07 Time Is Money f/ Rockie Fresh (Prod. by Boi-1da & The Maven Boys)
08 YNSP f/ Eliza Doolittle (Prod. by DJ Dahi)
09 Hollywood LA f/ Lili K (Prod. by Cam for J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League & Tae Beast)
10 Holy Holy f/ Ab-Soul & BJ The Chicago Kid (Prod. by Cam for J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, add. prod. Peter Cottontale & Om’Mas Keith)
11 Fear & Doubt f/ Kenna & Joey Purp (Prod. by Christian Rich)
12 Yap Yap (Prod. by Michael Uzowuru)
13 RUN! f/ Thundercat (Prod. by Vic Mensa & Peter Cottontale, add. prod. Om’Mas Keith)
14 That Nigga (Prod. by Hit-Boy)