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HIP-HOP | Vic Mensa 

It's easy to draw up comparisons between Vic Mensa and Chance The Rapper — who put out an incredible second mixtape, "Acid Rap," last year. Both are 21 year olds from Chicago, routinely work together in a similar groove, and have received a lot of acclaim from the same sources (XXL Freshman class 2014, SPIN, Complex, Rolling Stone). But well before Chance The Rapper started shining, a 16-year-old Mensa had a solo mixtape that almost earned him a major label deal. Mensa was already playing Lollapalooza with his indie band Kids These Days — which released a debut, "Traphouse Rock," in 2012 and then broke up a year later — years before his Chicago peers. Now, Mensa is finally getting some well-deserved solo spotlight. He released his second solo mixtape "INNANETAPE" last September, and is about to release his debut EP, "Street Lights." This is an immensely talented rapper with a nimble flow and a musical creativity that stretches genres. It's going to be fun to see him do things his way.

Vic Mensa will perform with Asher Roth on Saturday, September 27, at the Douglass Dining Hall on the University of Rochester's River Campus. 9 p.m. $15-$20. Urochestertickets.com; vicmensa.com.

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