Vic Mensa – Down To Start A Riot (Documentary)

Vic Mensa documentary “Down To Start A Riot” is the first Fader Video Cover Story.

Last May, The FADER spent a week with the rapper Vic Mensa in Chicago shooting our first video cover story, Down To Start A Riot. Mensa had recently joined Kanye West on stage at the BRIT Awards and was, along with the rest of his SAVEMONEY crew, teetering on the edge of breaking out in a major way. As Mensa’s go-to producer and friend-since-grammar-school Stefan Ponce recalls, “He really did what he always knew he was going to do. Like, damn, this guy is really about to change his life.”

Citing the versatility of SAVEMONEY’s sound and the breadth of their projects, the documentary’s director Aaron Brown says that, “It was cool to see what [Mensa and the SAVEMONEY guys] were doing, because they were doing something that has a lot more dimension.” Brown spent time with Vic in the studio, where there was work to be done and fun to be had; followed him through the streets of Hyde Park, where he recalls seeing the body of a slain classmate as a teenager and where he is now stopped by admirers on the street; and he filmed him freestyling on a subway platform.

“I had the idea of trying to explore the genre of documentary, just trying to pick the pieces apart of a rapper,” Brown says of the dramatic subway station session. “I was thinking of an acapella verse as a voiceover in a documentary, that’s what it was. Just trying to freshen it up. We’ve all seen a bunch of rap videos and a bunch of documentaries, so it was asking, how can we think about them as one thing.”

With one hundred issues behind us, we are proud to present our first video cover story Down To Start A Riot featuring Vic Mensa and SAVEMONEY. Watch above, and check this space for more documentaries like this in the future.

WordSmiff – “High Off You III” ft. Sana Lorraine, Jamie Valentine & ReQ Cartier

“High Off You III” is the third installment of the R&B inspired track by WordSmiff about well.. Love..duh. Tapping into a more neo soul sound this time around, WordSmiff taps Sana Lorraine and producer on the track, Jamie Valentine to provide airy vocals to accompany the instrumentation. High Off You III also features a guest verse from frequent collaborator, ReQ Cartier. Check out the smooth sounds of “High Off You III”

Kez The Dude – The Environmental Project

From scene to scene, song to song and place to place. Listeners follow the story of a late night Radio host sucked back into the underworld of Chicago when his ex-girlfriend goes missing. The Environmental Project or The E.P was mixed and Mastered in Join or Die Studios. All tracks Produced by Kez.