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Vic Mensa Meets Twenty One Pilots In New ‘Heathens’ Freestyle

Complete with Joker-referencing cover art

Twenty One Pilots’ newly Grammy-nominated hit “Heathens” was already menacing on its own, but it’s way more intense now that Vic Mensa’s gotten his hands on it.

On Thursday (December 8), the Chicago MC dropped a razor-sharp freestyle over the Suicide Squad soundtrack cut. His bars feature anecdotes about the violence he witnessed growing up in Chi-town’s South Side, including a personal family tragedy that he’s still coming to grips with: “They killed my brother dead, wonder why I’d be faded / At times I feel guilt for being the boy who lived / I could’ve been the one with that knife inside my ribs / I guess God had bigger plans for the kid / When I woke up still alive on that hospital bed.”

Stream the freestyle below, and peep its clever cover art, which shows Vic channeling Jared Leto’s campy Joker.