Vic Mensa is one of hip-hop’s fastest rising stars. The Chicago native collaborated with artists like Pharrell Williams, JAY-Z, and No I.D. to release his first full-length studio album, The Autobiography, earlier this year, which provides insight into his psyche and the conditions that defined his life. In the video above, he talks about Aja Monet, a poet and activist who is a major influence on him.