Nearing the end of LGBT Pride Month, Vic Mensa dropped a new track, “Free Love.”
Featuring Le1f, Halsey, Lil B, and Malik Yusef, this pro-LGBT rights track covers a lot of ground: the transition of civil unions to same-sex marriage, the North Carolina “bathroom bill,” and the recent Orlando shooting. Throughout the chorus, Mensa asks, “Whatever happened to free love?”
All contributors add insightful commentary. Notably, Le1f can be heard spitting, “Respect my existence, if not expect my resistance.” Lil B might be somewhat lost on this track—it's unclear, based on his reference to civil unions, whether he knows that same-sex marriage has been legalized nationwide.
Mensa also attached a note to the release. He addresses his relation to the LGBTQ rights movement and how he personally came to be involved. “Looking at the world around me, I realize now that as a creature of love, the battles of all people fighting to love are also mine,” he writes. Read the full note below.