Vic Mensa Drops “Free Love” In Defense Of LGBT Rights: Listen
Vic Mensa refuses to stay silent. A few weeks ago, he was one of a rare few in hip-hop to publicly react to the shootings at Orlando gay nightclub Pulse. Then last night (June 26) before the BET Awards, he released the song “Free Love” to SoundCloud. This anthem features Malik Yusef, Halsey, Le1f and Lil B, who demand that America does better to protect its LGBT community.
“North Carolina, go on and raise up / Take your shirt off, wave it at your haters,” Vic raps, referencing a Petey Pablo hit to show solidary for those facing the state’s bathroom bill.
The Kanye West collaborator prefaced “Free Love” with an open letter about his motivations. “It wasn’t until a member of my own family revealed to me that they identified as queer this year that it really started to sink in with me. It made me uncomfortable at first. And that’s good. We have to be removed from our comfort zone to be able to grow,” he says.
Listen to “Free Love” and read Vic Mensa’s open letter below.
— still alive (@VicMensa) June 26, 2016