Vic Spencer, Chris Crack | Empty Bottle | Hip-Hop | Chicago Reader
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Vic Spencer, Chris Crack 

When: Tue., March 17, 9 p.m. 2015
Price: $10, $8 in advance
Local rapper Vic Spencer calls East Side home, and he raps about Chicago locales that stretch from the streets of Lamron to the grotty corner of Clark and Belmont in Lakeview. But on January’s self-released The Cost of Victory he occupies a world of his own. The thirtysomething raps over big blocks of vocal samples with a worn-in rasp that’s a dark shade of amber, and throughout the release he performs as if he’s the only person worth entertaining. Spencer is clearly made giddy and adrenalized by every witty one-liner and self-deprecating bar; while most other MCs find their way to the top by appealing to the masses, Spencer’s ascent is dependent on meeting his own high standards and ignoring everything else. The best songs on The Cost of Victory use the massive scale of the city as a backdrop for Spencer’s confessional autobiographical scenes, and on a track like “Sony Walkman” it’s easy to picture yourself kicking it with a younger version of the MC outside Lane Tech. Spencer jokingly calls himself an old fart, and though he does exude a sense of wisdom, he still raps like he’s got plenty left in the tank. —Leor Galil

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