After calling Vic Mensa a “once-in-a-lifetime artist,” JAY-Z has enlisted the Roc Nation MC to open his “4:44 Tour” this fall.
Mensa will be joining all 30 dates on the forthcoming jaunt, which is slated to kick f Oct. 27 in Anaheim, Calif. From there, the trek will run across North America, before wrapping Dec. 21 at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif.
The tour comes in support Hov’s critically-lauded album 4:44, which became his 14th No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Now, it will also help Mensa promote his debut The Autobiography.
In July, Hov showered the rising rapper with praise. “Vic is a very special talent,” he said during an L.A. showcase. “He can do everything. Sing well, rap well, he even engineers himself sometimes. He’s an incredible artist, like a once-in-a-lifetime artist.”
This was particularly meaningful for Mensa, who grew up idolizing Jigga. “Before I ever met him, I felt like I knew him very well,” he told Rap-Up in July. “He really is the guy from his music, so I guess I did. I bought The Blueprint on CD…and was non-stop repeat listening to that on a Walkman. Hov’s music is a real representation him.”
Prior to joining JAY-Z’s tour, Mensa was set to open for Justin Bieber on his “Stadium World Tour” before it was canceled.