Vic Mensa does not mince words.
As a guest on Complex’s “Everyday Struggle” online talk show Monday, the 24-year-old rapper confronted DJ Akademiks, who co-hosts the show with Joe Budden and Nadeska Alexis, over his coverage of violence and the Chicago hip hop scene.
“I wanted to slap you in your face,” Mensa told Akademiks after being asked about Chicago rap.
“Whatever made you feel like you had a space to have a perspective of our people dying on a daily basis?”
One specific example Mensa cited was a video of Akademiks talking about Tray 57, a Chicago rapper killed in 2014.
“To tell you the truth, I really think you’re a b—h … That’s a n—a I grew up with,” Mensa said. “To see you come on the internet with this corny ass little voice and make jokes about it … I was waiting to see you.”
Mensa did not hold back when criticizing Akademiks’ inappropriate reactions to tragedies in the Chicago scene.
“It’s kind of sick when it’s real people dying young. I’m at those funerals,” Mensa said.
Over the course of the hour-long episode, Mensa also talked about Jay Z’s new album and why he believes it’s “not true” when any rappers — like Young Thug — declare that they’re the new 2Pac.
In June, Mensa has released two EPs, “There’s Alot Going On” and “The Manuscript,” which serve as preludes to his upcoming debut album.
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