It's easy to draw up comparisons between Vic Mensa and Chance The Rapper — who put out an incredible second mixtape, "Acid Rap," last year. Both are 21 year olds from Chicago, routinely work together in a similar groove, and have received a lot of acclaim from the same sources (XXL Freshman class 2014, SPIN, Complex, Rolling Stone). But well before Chance The Rapper started shining, a 16-year-old Mensa had a solo mixtape that almost earned him a major label deal. Mensa was already playing Lollapalooza with his indie band Kids These Days — which released a debut, "Traphouse Rock," in 2012 and then broke up a year later — years before his Chicago peers. Now, Mensa is finally getting some well-deserved solo spotlight. He released his second solo mixtape "INNANETAPE" last September, and is about to release his debut EP, "Street Lights." This is an immensely talented rapper with a nimble flow and a musical creativity that stretches genres. It's going to be fun to see him do things his way.