Vic Mensa on Joining JAY-Z's 4:44 Tour: 'I'm Just Excited to Get on That Big Stage and Represent Chicago'
The trek kicks off Sept. 27 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
On Wednesday, Vic Mensa performed for Give a Home for Human Rights, a collaboration between Amnesty International and Sofar Sounds to raise money to support Amnesty’s work for human rights around the world. The concert series as a whole featured 1,000 artists performing in 300 different shows across 60 countries, including Local Natives, Grouplove, Emeli Sandé, Jessie Ware, Tom Odell and many more. For the Chicago rapper, he said, participating was a "no-brainer."
"If I could help people without a home just by performing music," he told Billboard, "then, given the international refugee crisis going on now with people fleeing Syrian and people losing their homes to hurricanes, it seemed like the moment in time we all can do whatever we can to pitch in.”
In addition to performing for Give a Home for Human Rights, Mensa is also slated to tour with JAY-Z this fall on his 4:44 Tour. When asked how it feels to be opening for one of music's biggest luminaries, the rapper replied saying, “Feels epic. I’m really looking forward to broadcasting my message on as high a plateau as that and to that many people. I’m just excited to get on that big stage and represent Chicago, my family, and where I come from in an authentic way.”
Mensa is experiencing an incredible run in 2017, having released his debut album, The Autobiography, in July and recently, performing at Made in America. On Sept. 25 and Sept. 30, he will provide two exclusive pop-up shows in Los Angeles and New York as part of his partnership with MusiCares to aid Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. As for the 4:44 Tour, it kicks off Sept. 27 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.