Directed by Mensa and Franc Fernandez, the “3 Years Sober” clip follows on the heels of Mensa’s previous release, “Camp America,” in its political provocation. Mensa puts on lipstick and a dress blaring the Confederate flag design in sequins, before getting into a tug-of-war with Vice President Mike Pence, infamous for his anti-LGBTQ attitudes and supportive stance toward conversion therapy. The video later sees Mensa getting attacked by two men, who write “fraud” and “homo” in marker on his face, and him getting arrested for trying to use a women’s bathroom.
“The ‘3 Years Sober’ video is a statement about identity,” said Mensa. “I put on a confederate flag dress to be able to laugh at a symbol of hate, and played tug of war with Mike Pence over birth control. I had my face written on to get ahead of everything I know people will say about me and had a diner full of BBQ Becky’s call the police on me for using the women’s bathroom. I know some in hip hop culture will see this and say ‘Vic’s gay’ (which I’m not), whereas if I was white they’d just say ‘he’s a rockstar.’ 93PUNX is about being yourself, fuck what people think.”
Mensa will head out on tour next month with Jesse Rutherford of The Neighbourhood.
Vic Mensa Tour Dates
August 22 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
August 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theatre
August 26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Grand @ The Complex
August 27 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
August 29 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
August 30 – Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn
September 1 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues Houston
September 3 – Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage Theater
September 4 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement East
September 6 & 7 – Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre
September 10 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!
September 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
September 12 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
September 14 – New York, NY @ Warsaw