Vic Mensa’s unadorned video for “There’s Alot Going On” finds the Chicago rapper delivering rhymes as images from his past – both haunting and inspirational – flash behind him. The clip, co-directed by Mensa and Jake Osmun, climaxes with a gun firing bullets into an outline around his body.
“I never claimed to be a perfect man/ But name a great man who was,” Mensa reflects on the frenetic cut, a blur of hazy synths and cello. The rapper tells the winding story of his career and personal life, sharing details of relationship fights, drug abuse (“I did acid in the studio one day and almost killed myself”), writer’s block, touring, the break-up of his former band Kids These Days (“That shit felt like a C-section”), signing with Jay Z’s Roc Nation and recording with Kanye West.
“There’s Alot Going On” is the title-track from Mensa’s new EP, which he surprise-released on Friday. The seven-track set is available for free through July 4th to whose who pledge to vote via Respect My Vote, a non-partisan voter registration platform.
The seven-track set, which features Ty Dolla $ign on “Liquor Locker,” was produced by Papi Beatz, with co-prodution by Mensa and Smoke Ono. The EP also includes “16 Shots,” which Mensa told Apple’s Beats 1 was inspired by 2014 murder of Laquan McDonald, a 17-year-old Chicagoan who was shot to death by a police officer.
“I was inspired to make the song by my time down on the ground floor on the street, when we were revolting against that shit,” Mensa said of the track.