Chicago MC Vic Mensa, born Victor Kwesi Mensah, is a force to be reckoned with. When he’s not putting his heart and soul into projects likes his newly-released debut album The Autobiography, he’s either centering himself through meditation or jamming out to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” — an iconic modern pop song that you wouldn’t necessarily expect the hip-hop maverick to appreciate.
“I really like Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off.’ I just love that song. I actually bought 1989,” the 24-year-old admitted. “I never listen to it  though, but I bought it in Best Buy one time because I love ‘Shake It Off.’”
Signed under JAY-Z’s label Roc Nation, the rapper reveals some surprising facts you wouldn’t expect from him in Billboard‘s “You Should Know” series. From being a “second or third-degree black belt” in the Korean martial art Tang Soo Do to getting kicked out of parks for aggressive inline street skating, there’s nothing off-limits for Mensa. In fact, he loves sending powerful messages, including the one he makes on his concept album, The Autobiography.
“The album is inspired by The Autobiography of Malcolm X. My white friends relate to [it]. I tell them to read this book and you’ll have a different perspective of what we go through. Great book. Read it!”
Learn more about Vic Mensa in the video above.