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Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Signs Vic Mensa, Ghanaian-American Rapper @RocNation @VicMensa

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Jay-Z Vic MensaVictor Kwesi Mensah aka Vic Mensa, born in Chicago, Illinois  to a Ghanaian father Edwar Mensah and an American mother Betsy Mensah has just signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation record label.

Jay-Z made the announcement a few days ago via his twitter account. The label also put out a post on its website which you can find below. Read the statement and also watch Vic’s interview with Los Angeles’s Power 106 radio station.

“At the age of 21, Vic Mensa has already established himself as an integral part of Chicago culture, first co-founding the SAVEMONEY collective and releasing two mixtapes in two years and now as a solo artist signed with the Roc Nation family. His debut mixtape ‘Straight Up’ in 2010, followed by 2013’s ‘INNANETAPE’, brought Mensa’s solo work to a new and larger audience. In addition, The Chicago native’s critically acclaimed 2nd project helped earn him a top spot on XXL Magazine’s 2014 freshman class. 

After closing out 2013 with US dates on the J. Cole and Wale “What Dreams May Come” tour and a European tour with Danny Brown, Mensa released his biggest single to date; 2014’s “Down On My Luck.” In 2015, Vic Mensa will release new music and thus far has collaborated with Kanye West and Sia on “Wolves” – the first track on Kanye West’s upcoming album ‘So Help Me God’. Vic Mensa’s live performances to date include Wireless Festival, The Governors Ball Festival, the Emmy Award-winning comedy show Saturday Night Live and the 2015 Coachella Valley Music and Arts festival.

Now part of the Roc Nation Records family, you can get Vic’s new single, “U Mad” ft. Kanye West, at all digital retailers.”

-Ms. Uduak

p.s. Doesn’t he look like Diggy or is it just me?

Watch his interview on Power 106, Los Angeles

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AFRICA MUSIC LAW™ (AML) is a pioneering music business and entertainment law blog and podcast show by Fashion and Entertainment Lawyer Ms. Uduak Oduok empowering the African artist and Africa's rapidly evolving entertainment industry through brilliant music business and entertainment law commentary and analysis, industry news, and exclusive interviews.

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  1. Winston Balagare says:

    I’m not trying to be funny, but are we supposed to be impressed by this? Name another musical artist not named Rihanna, who’s signed to Roc Nation, and who’s doing anything significant? And please don’t say J.Cole, because he’s lame AF. When are people going to realize that the only thing that makes Jay-Z relevant is the fact that they keep treating him like he’s some sort of genius. Has he figured out how to do One Direction numbers with his artists? No? Then stop getting excited whenever one of our own signs their life away to him.

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