Watch Vic Mensa Rock Lollapalooza With Politically Charged Set
Vic Mensa has never shied away from speaking his mind, but his Lollapalooza performance really raised the bar.
He kicked things performing “Sixteen Shots” off his recently released EP – a response to the slaying of Laquan McDonald who was shot 16 times by Chicago Officer Jason Van Dyke in 2014. He bings out riot-gear-clad backup dancers in support of the movement, as you can see below.
Towards the end of the song, gunshots go off, and Vic Mensa’s body goes limp on stage, while someone reads the police report of McDonald’s death.
But he didn’t stop there, and kept touching on issues we have to deal with today. He made sure everyone was clued into Flint, MI’s ongoing water struggle with “Shades Of Blue.”
He had something for the LBGTQ community as well, staging a mock wedding featuring drag performer Lucy Stoole who “wed” two of the male dancers, still dressed in riot gear.
@vincent.martell and @jotographic of VAM made history last night at @vicmensa's closing set at @lollapalooza – very proud to swap saliva and get married by @tyislucystoole. All in the name of free love and art. Congrats to our close collaborator @freerosie for killing the concept and inviting us onto this project. 💥💥💥💥💥#freelove #art #artists #performances #performanceart #vicmensa #lucystoole #chicagoart #community #lollapalooza #lollapalooza2016 #queer #lgbtq #cpd
— Do312 (@Do312) July 31, 2016
— henry gottschlich (@HGottschlich) July 31, 2016