It’s coming: Austin City Limits Music Festival takes over Zilker Park Oct. 3-5 and 10-12. Leading up to the fest, we’ll shine the spotlight on some of the artists you might not have heard of in this year’s lineup.
Artist: Vic Mensa
From: Chicago, Ill.
At the fest: Sun., Oct. 5, 1 p.m. (weekend one only)
About the artist: The 21-year-old rap prodigy emerged from the Save Money hip hop collective, home to fellow Chicago rising star Chance the Rapper. With a fresh style, Mensa seems comfortable dropping his quick-witted lyrics over everything from melodic throwback grooves to slick club beats. In 2013, support spots on J. Cole and Wale’s What Dreams May Come tour and a string of European dates with Danny Brown helped elevate his profile at home and abroad and earlier this year XXL magazine annointed him part of the 2014 freshman class.
Before this year’s South by Southwest Music Festival, Fader Magazine executive editor Jessica Robertson pegged Mensa as one of 2014’s top artists to watch. “He’s a nice counterpart to Chance the Rapper,” she said. “He also has that weird interesting eclectic thing happening too. I love hip-hop that’s sort of on the fringe. Hip-hop that takes chances.”