Thursday night New York gathered for a special Made For Summer concert featuring Vic Mensa.
Samsung 837 hosts a popular concert series all summer long called Made For Summer that showcases up and coming talent. Last Thursday Samsung 837 welcomed New Orleans’ own Pell as the opening act and Vic Mensa as the headliner. Music lovers from all walks of life came together to see Pell and Vic take the Made For Summer stage.
For Pell, this was one of the largest venues he’s played and one of his first “real” times having a crowd of fans yell “Pell Yeah” to hype him up. Pell was having fun with the crowd having them sing along, dance and wave their arms.
Vic Mensa’s coming off the release of his debut album The Autobiography, a project near and dear to his heart and so recent that this show was one of his first times performing many of the tracks off the album. It was truly a beautiful experience to have Vic curate and contextualize each song before performing it. Each song broke down a different experience from his upbringing and childhood in Chicago and has been instrumental in shaping his view of the world. He played a medley of tracks from “Heaven on Earth,” to “Memories on 47th” to many more.
For many of these tracks you could see Vic reminiscing about each experience as he rapped. His dedication to his craft truly shined when he stopped mid-performance and told the audio engineer to take off the vocals from a track, questioning why would you even see an artist if they don’t perform the vocals live. Vic Mensa has come such a long way from Kid These Days to Save Money to now an amazing solo artist with consigns by some of the industry’s greatest and most accomplished rappers. This edition of Samsung 837’s Made For Summer was unforgettable.