Vic Mensa Raps Laps Around Disclosure's 'When a Fire Starts to Burn'

Chicago MC's freestyle is a must-add to your workout mix (or Olympics after-party)

Vic Mensa Disclosure When a Fire Starts to Burn Freestyle
Vic Mensa has got the fire, and it's been burning
Chris Martins WRITTEN BY
Chris Martins

Alongside Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa was one of the early gifts from Chicago's SAVEMONEY crew — another lithe-tongued MC with a knack for sing-song and a colorful imagination. His free Innanetape set built on the promise of fizzy early shares like "Orange Soda" and now the man is tying off a year well-lived with a nice little bow: a freestyle set to Disclosure's "When a Fire Starts to Burn." The opening seconds alone make it a win — that expert sampling of Dave Chappelle's spoof of MTV's Da Band drop-out Dylan Dylinjah — but Mensa's rapid-fire, pop-culture-checking rhymes offer even more delight, especially the bit when he borrows Azealia Banks' high-energy "212" cadence.

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