Vic Mensa, the Chicago-based artist, is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of his mixtape Innanetape and is also promoting his long-awaited follow-up to his debut solo album, The Autobiography. The new album, titled Victor, is set to be released on September 15. A trailer for the album was shared on Instagram, featuring Mensa in an art studio sitting for a portrait while rapping one of his new songs.
In addition to the album trailer, Mensa also shared the cover art for Victor, which is the portrait being painted in the trailer. He explained in the caption that he wanted the cover to depict him in a raw human form, displaying his rebirth and reformation. He drew inspiration from the Egyptian Book of the Dead and the legend of Osiris.
Despite the long gap between albums, Mensa has been far from idle. He has released four EPs since The Autobiography: Hooligans, V Tape, I Tape, and most recently, Vino Valentino. He also experimented with rock music in his project 93Punx. Ahead of his new album, he has released three singles: “Strawberry Louis Vuitton” with Thundercat, “Swish” with Chance The Rapper and G-Eazy, and “Eastside Girl” with Ty Dolla Sign.