Victor Kwesi Mensah, better known by his stage name Vic Mensa, is an American rapper from Chicago, Illinois.
Tidal subscribers witnessed Mensa’s signing to entertainment company Roc Nation, helmed by Jay-Z. Before then he became musically infamous for his early singles, mixtapes and cameos, which included being on West’s Wolves.
His current solo album ‘Autobiography’ puts him in the company of artists in music and beyond, who’ve found a subject and a story to a famed pairing like that of Coffee and Cigarettes, which also appears as a song on the album
I was curious how Mensa liked his coffee. Given the song, in which he references iconic American brands including Buick and Newport – the latter a major seller among African Americans in the United States.
His prose as lyric is transparent, painting a scene of young love against a Chicago city backdrop with the ails that could come along with rougher sides of the Southside and a love not returned.
After the Coach show during NYFW, I got his coffee order.
“It’s black coffee, one cream, one sugar. Then usually another cream added because he forgets he really needs two,” as relayed by his manager, because Vic couldn’t hear my petite voice over the uproar.