Vic Mensa is standing by his criticism of late rapper XXXTentacion.
The controversy started at the BET Hip-Hop Awards, which occurred over the weekend, and will air on October 16. One of XXXTentacion’s collaborators, DJ Scheme, called Mensa out on Twitter for an alleged diss aimed at the rapped, who shot to death in June.
On Monday, Mensa posted his response in a video on Instagram.
“Recently, I did a freestyle for the BET Award cypher addressing and condemning rappers who unabashedly abuse women and those who stand up for them and even call them legends,” he said. “I stand behind those statements.”
Mensa did offer some kind words to XXXTentacion’s mother, who was apparently in the audience at the show, saying, “It was prerecorded weeks ago and I had no idea a grieving mother would be in the audience to honour her lost son. I never intended to disrespect her and offer my deepest condolences for her loss at the hands of gun violence.”
He continued: “However, I vehemently reject the trend in hip-hop of championing abusers and I will not hold my tongue about it. I don’t give a f**k about getting attention. I care about bringing awareness and holding people accountable for their actions.”