Vic Mensa Taps Into His African Roots For “Metaphysical”

Last year, Chicago rapper Vic Mensa dropped his single “Metaphysical,” a track that infused R&B with African beats and vocalizations. Mensa stays with that same energy for the visual, creating a noir aesthetic that features only himself and a handful of black women with indigenous face paintings and goddess-like headpieces. The song itself is about being connected to someone in ways that are impossible to express with words—a feeling that’s almost primal.

With this project, Mensa tapped into his African heritage, including partnering with artist Bianca Pastel for the creation of the single’s original artwork which was a nod to Fela Kuti’s Expensive S**t. “This is a song about desire,” Mensa wrote in a press release. “Admiration. Respect. Uncertainty. Surrender. Musically it’s African, tribal. My father is Ghanian so I’ve wanted to take it there for a long time. I got Stefan Ponce who did ‘Down On My Luck’ for me & Papi Beatz and just spoke my truth into song.” Continue reading

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Megan Thee Stallion Mourns The Unexpected Death Of Her Mother

Last night, rapper Megan Thee Stallion was celebrating the release of her new single “Sex Talk,” a track that will be featured on her forthcoming sophomore effort, Fever. The Houston rapper was engaging with fans leading up to the release, retweeting messages and getting everyone hyped about her latest single.

However, today Megan shared some sad news on her Instagram page that her mother, Holly Thomas, passed away. Megan uploaded a photo of herself with her mother when she was just a child, writing, “The best mom in the whole world. The strongest woman on the planet. I can’t even put complete sentences together rn RIP mama.” Continue reading

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Police Officer Found Not Guilty In Shooting Of 17-Year-Old Antwon Rose

The trial against East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfield is over after a jury has found him not guilty on all charges for the shooting death of 17-year-old Antwon Rose, Jr. On June 19, 2018, there was a drive-by shooting around 8:30 p.m. Police say that the car described in the drive-by was similar to the vehicle they saw Rose and two of his friends occupying. Police also claim that they stopped the vehicle and noticed that there were bullet holes in it, so they ordered everyone out of the car.  Continue reading

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