American rapper, singer and song-writer Vic Mensa has announced the he will be releasing his new EP, Hooligans on December 14. Yesterday, he has released the Bobby Hanaford-directed music video of his new single “Dark Things”. The visual is as dark and twisted as the music.
The song is about the feeling of “losing your mind”. Mensa sings in Auto-Tune: “Dark things in my mind again, I don’t want to have a bad night again”. The music video takes place in a spooky-looking forest filled with BDSM zombies that are set out to devour Mensa.
Mensa had described his creative vision for the video on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show: “[It’s] something that I wanted to make to represent those dark edges and recesses of my mind”. Hooligans represented “different energies, including tracks with more fun summertime energy”, the rapper added.
“Dark Things” is one of the tracks from Mensa’s upcoming EP, Hooligans. For the project, Mensa collaborated with multiple artists, including Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Herb, G-Eazy, Charlie Wilson and Jesse Rutherford from the band Neighbourhood.
Mensa has said in a statement: “Growing up we referred to ourselves as the ‘Hyde Park Hooligans’, so with the EP I wanted to encapsulate energies that represented that experience as well as what’s going on in my life now, for better or for worse”.