By Will Robinson
April 10, 2015 at 10:08 PM EDT
Abdeljalil Bounhar/AP

Vic Mensa made a big mainstream splash with his calm, soothing appearance on Kanye West’s “Wolves” last February, later appearing on SNL 40 to sing his bridge cameo. Now he’s enlisted the senior Chicago hip-hop star for a guest verse on new song “U Mad,” released Friday on his website www.vicmensa.com.

It’s not West’s best verse by any stretch, rather, it’s all about Mensa. It’s a 180-degree turn from the mellowness of “Wolves,” “Down On My Luck’s” clubbiness, and the wistfulness on Chance the Rapper’s “Cocoa Butter Kisses.” He verbally destroys the trappy production with overflowing confidence: the cheap Ray Rice reference in the back half couldn’t fully douse the fire of this track.

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