(AllHipHop News) As an artist on the Roc Nation label, Vic Mensa has access to one of the greatest emcees of all time.
Hip Hop legend Jay-Z has praised his latest protégé, and the mogul played a significant role in the creation of Mensa’s debut studio album The Autobiography.
The SAVEMONEY collective member visited Big Boy’s Neighborhood for a conversation about his project dropping on Friday (July 28).
“Jay-Z was a real part of the album and an executive producer on the album as somebody that really helped me shape and mold my narrative into something cohesive and consistent,” explained Mensa.
Hov also advised Vic to hold back on some likely controversy-inducing lyrics about another performer.
“There was a situation where I had a line that was kind of dissing somebody else, and it wasn’t really necessary. I just wanted it cause it was a good bar,” Mensa revealed.
He later explained he was still considering keeping the disrespectful lines on The Autobiography until he considered Jay telling him, “Do you, but what you’re doing won’t work out in your favor because your heart is not in it. The universe only works one way.”
The Chicago-raised rhymer eventually chose to remove the lyric.
“I was dissing another rapper really for no reason. That kind of shifted my perspective,” said Mensa. “I don’t need to be tearing down another young, black man, regardless if I like the music or not. We have so much opposition outside of our community, trying to eat off of us and parasites just trying to feed off our energy, there’s no need for us to be tearing each other down. We gotta be more unified than that.”
Earlier this year, Vic Mensa made headlines in the rap media world after he dissed Lil Yachty at a University of Cincinnati concert.
During an April interview with The Breakfast Club, Yachty spoke about Vic blasting him so publicly.
“I wasn’t upset. I just didn’t understand it, because I met him twice and he dapped me up. That’s the only time I’ve ever met him,” stated Yachty.