Vic Santoro completes trilogy with new mixtape Lifestyle: Glory Days Pt 3
The project drops alongside epic video for Transition featuring Swiss
The unmistakable, unfakeable voice of lived experience – Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6
Unstoppable, A re-energised feel here, a new flair in the flow – Jack Saunders, BBC Radio 1
Nostalgic but also future-facing as he reflects on how far he’s come – The Independent
Vic Santoro has been on a roll this year – NOTION
Vic Santoro, is now blossoming into something to behold – TRENCH Mag
Cameroon-born South London artist Vic Santoro has unveiled his third mixtape of the year to complete the trilogy, Lifestyle: Glory Days Pt. 3, out today on Big Indie.
A five-track release, Lifestyle: Glory Days Pt. 3 opens with June single Cigar Talk, a collaboration with UK singer-songwriter Anariii that sees Vic reflecting on the rags-to-riches lifestyle that music has allowed him to live. Vic trades bars with London MC Swiss on focus track Transition, with the pair making it clear that they remain focused on achieving their lofty life goals – running from nightmares now I’m chasing my dreams. The accompanying official video sees Vic and Swiss dressed to the nines, perfectly capturing the vibes and energy of the track.
‘Transition’ for me is more than a song, Vic explains. It’s a moment. It’s about representing a whole generation and demonstrating that anything is possible with the right mindset. Working with Swiss was a dream come true, he has always had a conscious approach in his music and his messaging has always been powerful. Being able to combine respective powers and create something timeless was the aim and I believe we achieved that with this record.
Next up is July single Testament, an honest, coming-of-age single that sees Vic tackle his chequered past and how it has shaped the man he has become, and the triumphant Co-Sign, where he expresses gratitude for making it through this road life. Closing things out, Birkin combines futuristic production with his trademark husky vocals and slick flow of Uzi Ramone.
The final chapter in a trilogy of mixtapes, Lifestyle: Glory Days Pt. 3 follows on from the hard-hitting, introspective vibes of Pain: Glory Days Pt. 1, while Progression: Glory Days Pt. 2 saw Vic’s endeavours to break away from the hardships of his life, and to shape a better future for himself. The three releases are made up of some of the 100+ songs he has recorded over the past few years.
Vic and Big Indie Records have also partnered with Samsung KX, the state-of-the-art Samsung experience space in King’s Cross, for a Glory Days Pt. 3 launch party tonight. The invite-only event will feature an exclusive video premiere of Transition on the Samsung screen – the largest curved screen in Europe – before a live performance by Vic and special guests.
Born in Cameroon before moving to the concrete jungle that is London, Vic Santoro found solace in his creativity during his teenage years, reading and reciting poetry, studying English literature before being turned onto the revolutionary teachings of rap’s greatest poet Tupac Shakur.
Lifestyle: Glory Days Pt. 3 is a fitting finale to a powerful trio of mixtapes that have firmly put Vic Santoro onto the UK musical map.