Vic Mensa at the 2017 BET Awards held at Microsoft Theater on June 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA, USA

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Vic Mensa Brings a String Section to ‘The Late Show’

By: Hayden Wright

December 3, 2017

Rapper and singer Vic Mensa released his debut studio album The Autobiography in July, earning critical acclaim for his confessional lyrics and experimental style. Last night, Mensa brought his new material to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and performed “We Could Be Free” with a full strings section!

The always stylish star was clad in a navy tailcoat with gold appliqué. Mensa’s dramatic arrangement featured backup singers wearing robes emblazoned with the words “Police Brutality,” “Sexual Abuse,” “Domestic Violence” and “Mass Incarceration.”

“We could be free /If we only knew we were slaves to the pains of each other,” Mensa sang. “One thing I believe I can learn /To see my enemy as my brother.”

Watch the moving performance here: