Vic Mensa's Advice For Fall's Democratic Debates? 'Go Hard!'

ISSUE 20 2019 - PR PHOTO
Amanda Demme
Vic Mensa

This fall, outspoken Chicago MC (and Bernie Sanders supporter) Vic Mensa will release his debut album with political-punk group 93PUNX. He’ll also keenly watch the candidates at the upcoming Democratic debates, which he says aren’t so different from rap battles: “Just because somebody loses, that doesn’t make their opponent better.” An electric performer himself, Mensa has some advice for the presidential hopefuls.

Come Stage-Ready: “Confidence and platform [matter], but also delivery. It’s a difficult arena; every time you speak, somebody’s trying to pull you down and cut you off. I’m looking for people who can be poised in those situations and stand firm and strong without being disrespectful.”

Stay Accountable: “It’s easy to say the right things. Regardless of what people think of me, they know that when I support something I’m willing to put myself on the line for it. So I’m going to be impressed by someone actually willing to sacrifice.”

Bring The Noise: “Be more clever than Trump, and don’t succumb to the nastiness. Laugh it off. But also expose him, embarrass him. Go hard! I mean, Trump’s so sensitive that you really just have to hit those soft spots.”   

This article originally appeared in the Aug. 24 issue of Billboard.


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