More and more rappers in the new school are influenced by the legacy of punk and pop punk in the early 2000s - just look at SoundCloud rappers who cite bands like Brand New, Underoath and Paramore as influences, and Juice WRLD who grew up listening to Panic! At The Disco and just collaborated with him and Benny Blanco.
Now, as Alternative Press reports, Vic Mensa is releasing a more punk-influenced project called 93 Punx, working with blink-182's prolific drummer Travis Barker as well as Good Charlotte's Joel Madden.
Speaking to Beats 1, Vic explained that the 93 Punx project will be released in line with his clothing line of the same name.
“[The clothing line is] going to be releasing with a project that’s like a punk project, another EP basically that I did. So, Hooligans, I had these different energies, just rap songs that I made, not particularly for a project, throughout the year. I also was making this punk music.
"As I came to have these two different separate entities, I was like, ‘OK, let me not try to just mash all of these together and have to compromise being to go all the way.’ I took the records that were more in a rap space and made this project out of them. And the punk records are going to be on that album.”
On his influences, Vic mentioned The Clash and the Dead Kennedys, as well as an obvious influence from blink-182.
"The Clash and The Dead Kennedys are my two favorite bands, but I’m also pulling inspiration from places like, obviously blink. I got an ill record on there from Joel Madden from Good Charlotte. I had H.R. from Bad Brains in the studio.”
We'll have to keep an eye on this one next year!