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Vic Spencer Is Still Bringing A Fresh Take To Classic Hip-Hop

By Katie Karpowicz in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 16, 2015 6:20PM

Photo: J. Johari Palacio

Vic Spencer doesn't need anyone to tell him he's not the youngest rapper in Chicago's scene. In spite of an ultimately positive buzz in the blogosphere, there's also an uncomfortable focus on Spencer's age.

"It used to bother me but when the negativity came my way, I always tried to find some type of positive to add to it somewhere," he told Chicagoist in advance of his show at the Empty Bottle tomorrow night.

At 33, the seasoned MC just release his best album to date. The Cost Of Victory exceeds because of Spencer's comfort with himself. Thirty-three years old isn't ancient in the realm of music (Kanye West is 37, for comparison) but it certainly places him in a different generation from many of the buzzing, barely legal rappers coming out of Chicago.

Songs off Victory ooze with classic, back-to-basics hip hop sounds and lyrics. "Sony Walkman" is an ode to Spencer's indispensable accessory growing up. "The Writers," a six-minute instant favorite, features fellow Chicago vets Primeridian.

Tomorrow marks Spencer's first show since his latest release and his first ever at the Empty Bottle. Judging by his recent conversation with Chicagoist, he's ready to bring it. "I treat it like a work shift. It's a 9-to-5 when I'm on the stage. It's gonna be jam-packed with lyrics and energy. That's the kind of artist I am."

The show starts at 9 p.m. tomorrow night. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.