After a packed listening party in Los Angeles hosted Thursday night by JAY-Z and manager Scooter Braun, Roc Nation signee Vic Mensa made his debut album, The Autobiography, available for pre-order today (July 14).
Executive produced by No I.D., the album — due July 28 via Roc Nation/Capitol Records — features appearances from The Dream, Pusha T, Ty Dolla $ign, Weezer, SYD, Chief Keef, Joey Purp, Dreezy, and more. Fans also got another treat with the release of his track “Wings” featuring Pharrell Williams and Saul Williams off the album. Previously, Vic also partnered with local bookstores to release the album title, cover art, and tracklist.
At the private showcase at the Mark Sennett Studios, JAY-Z and Braun did the honors of introducing the Chicago native to the crowd. Braun praised Vic for having not only good music but a message behind his lyrics saying, “Vic is a very, very special artist because in today’s day and age a lot of today’s artists use their voice to make hits, but they don’t use their voice much to help people.”
He further explained saying, “Whether it be Vic going to the Dakota Pipeline or Vic going back to Chicago to fight for his neighborhood, he always uses his voice to do the right thing and speak out for other people. And I think this album speaks for that and this journey.”
JAY-Z also spoke about Vic’s talent and passion saying, “He can do everything well, sing well, rap well,” before adding, “he’s an incredible artist, like a once-in-a-lifetime artist.” After his proper introduction, Vic blessed the crowd playing a few tracks off of the album before also performing a couple of songs including the emotional “Rage,” which is sure to be a fan favorite. In addition to various influencers and music industry execs that populated the audience, Beyonce was also in attendance, staying away from the crowd, enjoying the show in a private section of the room.
In a statement sent to Billboard, Vic thanks his fans for the undying support and dedicates his album to them saying, “A lot of you were down with me when I was going through some of the hardest parts of my life, and I wrote an album about them, my debut album. I got so much love for the people that support me and I really did this album for y’all.”
The Autobiography is now available for preorder here.