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The Autobiography

Vic Mensa

The Autobiography

Debut full-length studio album from the Chicago rapper with guest appearances from Chief Keef, Pusha T, Syd, Ty Dolla $ign, Weezer, Pharrell Williams and Saul Williams

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Virgin EMI / Roc Nation
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  1. 8.0 |   All Music

    A remarkable first album from an artist who can "scream 'Fuck the police'" and shout-out Weezer with equal instinctive command
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  2. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Righteous anger with a dose of humour
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  3. 8.0 |   NME

    Backed by Kanye West and Jay Z, the Chicago rapper is leading a new breed of emotional rap
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  4. 7.5 |   Paste Magazine

    Through Mensa’s forthright confessions, The Autobiography inspires as much as it speaks to our inner angsty adolescents—the ones who used to hole up in their rooms and blast Linkin Park at night
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  5. 7.0 |   Clash

    If nothing else, ‘The Autobiography’ illustrates the enormous potential of an artist who is finally stepping out of the shadows
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  6. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    His proper debut full-length might be letting you know who he really is
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  7. 7.0 |   The Music

    After several years refining his craft he's ready to take on the world, armed with an exciting body of work
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  8. 6.9 |   Pitchfork

    The Chicago rapper’s first milestone is a careful step in his legacy-building business. It's an obvious turn inward, but Vic also digs his heels into his political ground
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  9. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    He may need another three years to craft a voice of his own
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  10. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    With a few misfires and a fairly traditional take on narrative set aside, Mensa’s Autobiography is still so well-crafted that it makes (almost) every track worthwhile
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  11. 5.8 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    It all results in Vic Mensa trying to balance between the punchline rapper and the introspective one and doing neither particularly well, especially when compared to the artists that he wants to be compared with
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  12. 5.0 |   The 405

    His full-length Roc Nation debut is a patchy tale of contemporary rap, as Mensa tries to find the line between intimate self-confessions and "inspirational" anthems
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