Chicago rapper Vic Mensa enlists Kanye West and dozens of amped-up extras in the new video for his single “U Mad.” Mensa opens the song bathed in red light in an atmosphere more mosh pit than rap video before the scene switches to him in a black straitjacket. West appears to deliver a relatively subdued sing-rap before police in riot gear throw tear gas and clash with Mensa’s crew.
The video appears, in part, to emulate West’s fiery performance of “All Day,” co-written by Mensa, at the BRIT Awards earlier this year. Like “U Mad,” West appeared onstage surrounded by a large group of friends, including Mensa, and flames. Steve McQueen was originally enlisted to direct the proper video, but West decided to make the energetic performance the song’s official video.
Mensa dropped the song “U Mad” in April following a preview of West’s verse at a London gig in March. The pounding, heavy track is the 21-year-old rapper’s first single since 2014’s “Down on My Luck” off his highly anticipated debut EP Street Lights.
The striking song is the second official collaboration between the Chicago rappers this year. Mensa sang on West’s somber “Wolves,” which the rapper premiered at the launch event for his Adidas collaboration the Yeezy 750 Boost. Later, Mensa and “Wolves” singer Sia joined the designer and rapper at SNL 40 to perform the track.