223Vic Mensa has made a hell of an introduction to mainstream hip-hop this year. With an impressive roster of cosigns, it’s safe to say Roc Nation‘s new golden boy is not here for Travi$ Scott. Although Mensa never specifically named the G.O.O.D. Music artist, he referenced Scott’s well-known “straight up” adlib during his recent freestyle. The Chicago bully Mensa has that ‘you can’t f*ck with me’ allure to him. Let’s see if these young kings end up sparring in the near future.

“Couple rap n*ggas you thought we was crew (straight up)/ Real life n*ggas is corny what can I do (straight up).”

About The Author

Bianca Alysse is a creatively driven Bronx-born writer and editor. Before becoming The Knockturnal‘s music editor she served as Latina‘s creative coordinator and was a contributor at Billboard. The Boricua scribe has a lengthy resume in the music industry and has penned for Universal Music Publishing Group, Epic Records, G.O.O.D. Music, Compound Entertainment, Artistry & Récords, and Arcade Creative Group. Her work has been seen on platforms like VIBE, mitú, TIDAL, Remezcla, and behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week. As an independent contractor, she has written for Sony Music Entertainment’s global business affairs department, Warner Music Group, and currently Roc Nation.

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