Vic Mensa's first release under Roc Nation -- and since 2013's Innanetape -- is backed by a message. Fans can download his There's Alot Going On EP for free until July 4 if they pledge to vote through the 2016 Hip Hop Caucus Campaign. Even if you're under 18, there's an option to get the EP by pledging to do positive work in your community and encourage registered voters to vote this November.
Speaking to Billboard, Vic explained the power and importance of voting:
"One piece of power that we do have is the right to vote. As we assemble and come to center and put our f--king minds together, there are real things that we can accomplish by voting, especially voting for the people in our local municipalities because those are the people who can make decisions that can change lives of people on my momma’s block. Those are the people that really make that decision, whether they’re gonna spend that $2 million on a fancy light fixture by the University of Chicago or if they’re gonna fix the roads in the hood. That’s why I wanted to connect Respect My Vote! to this project ‘cause I want it to be a gift to the people and I also wanted it to be a wake up call and something that doesn’t just make you listen to music, it makes you think about the power that you have. Not just thinking about what I'm saying but thinking about what you could be saying."On There's Alot Going On, Vic Mensa goes through a lot of different emotions. He explains his long absence on the title track and tackles the police brutality topic head-on with the aggressive "16 Shots." To balance out the seriousness, there's a couple fun, experimental records like "New Bae" and the Ty Dolla $ign-assisted "Liquor Locker."
It's worth the download. Get Mensa's new EP here by pledging to vote in this next presidential election.