Photo by Scott Kowalchyk

Vic Mensa continued to prove he is one of music's most dynamic voices with a performance Monday night on CBS's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

The emcee took the stage to perform his song "We Could Be Free," from his recent debut album The Autobiography. He was joined by a string section and backing choir, all bearing words like sexual abuse, addiction, mental illness, police brutality and mass incarceration on their wardrobe.

During the performance, the names of cities or parts of the world experiencing recent tragedy or conflict appeared on the screen, including Las Vegas, Venezuela, Standing Rock, Sutherland Springs, Chicago, Aleppo, Charlottesville and Nigeria.

Mensa's performance was met with a rare standing ovation in the Ed Sullivan Theater, where the Late Show is filmed. He is currently on tour supporting Jay-Z, with the trek continuing Tuesday night in Montreal.

Watch below.

 

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