Vic Mensa Talks Being Inspired By Black Skateboarders Pharrell Williams & Lupe Fiasco (VIDEO)
(AllHipHop News) Last week, Roc Nation rhymer Vic Mensa released his 4-track “capsule” The Manuscript.
Mensa recently sat down with Genius to talk about “OMG” off the project.
The song features G.O.O.D. Music’s Pusha T and was produced by Pharrell Williams.
During the lyrical breakdown, Mensa discussed how Pharrell and Lupe Fiasco were inspirations to him outside of music.
“I was a skateboarder as a kid before I was ever into Hip Hop,” said Mensa. “Pharrell really opened up the doors for me to feel like that was cool because on the Southside of Chicago there’s not a lot of skateboarders.”
The 24-year-old added, “Before people saw Pharrell skating and people saw Lupe skating, you didn’t have Hip Hop, black examples of skateboarders. Fast forward however many years and now I’m jumping out of the Bentley with the dirty Vans.”
Pharrell picked up the nickname “Skateboard P” because he embraced skating culture as a teenager.
The Neptune member’s 2003 video for “Frontin'” included skaters as extras.
As far as Lupe, one of his earliest hits was “Kick, Push” from 2006’s Food & Liquor album.
The single told the story of two skateboarders falling in love.