Yesterday in celebration of Pride Day 2016, Vic Mensa
released a new single entitled "Free Love". The song features Le1f, Halsey, Lil B,
and Malik Yusef
, and for the most part gives the hip-hop world a much needed new LGBTQIA anthem. The song focuses on the state of LGBTQIA people within the USA and its release is very timely given that's it's been over a year since same-sex marriage was legalized by the Supreme Court, and the world just faced a tragedy in Orlando, Florida.
As for the song's production, it's frickin' fantastic. From the classic rock swing of the drums to its effortless transition from acoustic guitar to the usage of saw synths, to a sub bass (that in no way emulates 808 Mafias sound), this songs arrangement is simplistic yet dense at the same time. There's always a subtle detail being put forth in "Free Love" and this makes it more than just another "conscious" song.
In terms of the song's lyrics, everybody delivers on "Free Love". Vic gives us two solid verses as well as a catchy hook that could net "Free Love" some deserved radio play. New York MC, Le1f delivers a stellar verse that effortlessly falls in and out of the beat's pocket. Halsey penned the most quotable lyric on the song with this line:
"Crazy white girls say they tryna free the nipple, but they quiet when somebody pulls a gun on a misfit.
Damn Halsey. You made the tea hot with that line. Last but not least, Lil B provides more facts as he closes the track with his trademarked "based" positivity. Swag.
Overall, "Free Love" is a really good song. While it isn't an intellectual dissertation, it's a great conversation starter with stellar pop production, and all of the featured artists knocked it out of the park. Listen to "Free Love" below and remember, love is love.