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Vic Mensa Releases Inspirational "Rage" Music Video
Vic Mensa Releases Inspirational "Rage" Music Video
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Vic Mensa Releases Inspirational "Rage" Music Video

Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Lion Babe, Thundercat, SZA & More Rock The Afropunk Festival 2015 in Brooklyn, NY. Source: YouTube

Vic Mensa has released the music video for his song "Rage."

The five-minute video finds the Chicago artist aboard a plane that gets struck by lightning and crashes into the ocean. He briefly gives up his struggle to survive as he begins to descend deeper into the water, only to swim to shore and survive everything he has just endured.

The visuals are an apt metaphor for the song's lyrical content as Mensa raps about his inner turmoil including substance abuse, suicidal thoughts, and dealing with legal troubles. The track comes from Mensa's forthcoming debut album The Autobiography. The project, executive produced by No I.D., will feature guest appearances from Pusha T, Saul Williams, The-Dream, Ty Dolla $ign, Pharrell, Weezer and more.

READ: Vic Mensa Stands With Standing Rock, Urges Others To Do The Same

"Right before I decided that [album] title, I played some music for my mom and my sister. I was talking real candidly about some situations that were risky. There were names in it and they were telling me, 'You shouldn’t say all that. You shouldn’t tell these people all that about your life," Mensa said in an interview with Billboard. "You should take her name out it. You talked about him, and what happened to them. And I [said], 'I have to.'"

"That's when I realized that this album was an autobiography," he added. "I wasn't pulling any punches. I wasn't pulling any names. I was just observing myself, and the world around me. I went to a political place last year, and was in Standing Rock, and Baton Rouge, I went out to where Alton Sterling was killed. [I went to] Flint, Michigan, and this time around, I really wanted to come tell my own story."

Check out the video for "Rage" below.