This summer has been a turning point for Vic Mensa. The Chicago rapper (who has been making waves since 2012, mind you) released his politically and racially charged mixtape There’s A Lot Going On a couple weeks back, marking his first project that deals explicitly with contemporary social injustice. The mixtape was met with critical acclaim, and Mensa has been fairly vocal about his political views since.
However, Chicago violence, police brutality and the Flint water crisis are not the only public issues on the artist’s mind. Mensa has released “Free Love,” a track that pays tribute to the 49 victims who were killed during the Pulse nightclub shooting. Mensa recruited a stacked assortment of artists as features on the track, including Lil B, Le1f, Halsey and Malik Yusef. The song itself merges experimental production with affecting lyrics about the right to love.
Right before dropping the track, Mensa posted a heartfelt note on Twitter describing his reflections on the mass shooting. He discusses a family member who identifies as queer as well as the love that he is trying to promote through his music.