When Vic Mensa is his vulnerable self, he is able to weave a story with the best of 'em. On "10K Problems," Vic Menda dives into the character defining moments of his life which gave rise to the man he is today. Mensa raps in the same vein as artist who perform their catharsis out in the open. The Chicago emcee recounts lessons learned when he walked himself into a corner, and lost $10K off extortion. But like a man of his word, $10K was a small price to pay for the valuable lessons he learned in the process.
"10K Problems" borrows the same Enya sample made famous by The Fugees' "Ready Or Not." Since our generation and the generation before us, grew up memorizing the Fugees almost verbatim, there's no other way to cover the melody, but to sing songs of resignation. Keep in mind the Fugees themselves sampled a Delfonics record which spoke of humiliation and love, two Human emotions more causally linked that we'd like to believe.
I broke a bottle on a n**** head in Toronto
And got extorted for 10 thousand dollars
Honestly that was the least of my 10 thousand problems
My pops had surgery on his neck and was paralyzed
It's a painful process watching your parents die.