Vic Mensa Defends XXXTentacion Diss in His 2018 BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher
This past weekend, Vic Mensa caught a ton of backlash when DJ Scheme, the late XXXTentacion's DJ, called out the Chicago rapper for dissing XXX in his 2018 BET Hip Hop Awards cypher. Now, after facing backlash from folks across the hip-hop community and the X's fans, Mensa has defending himself in an Instagram video.
Speaking on the diss, which Scheme says occurred during the taping of the 2018 BET Hip Hop Awards on Sat., Oct. 6, Mensa admits he did mention lyrics in regards to XXX, who was shot and killed this past June. He also states that he's against supporting rappers with a history of domestic violence.
“Recently I did a freestyle for the BET Awards cypher, addressing and condemning rappers who unabashedly abuse women and those who stand up for them and even call them legends,” begins Mensa, alluding to allegations that XXX had beaten a former girlfriend in the fall of 2016.
Mensa goes on to say that he actually recorded his part of the cypher weeks beforehand—the cypher will air on BET Oct. 16. “I had no idea a grieving mother would be in the audience to honor her lost son,” he says, speaking on XXX's mother, Cleopatra Bernard. “I never intended to disrespect her and I offer my deepest condolences for her loss at the hands of gun violence.”
Although Mensa admits he's sorry X's mother had to hear the diss on a night where the rapper was posthumously awarded the trophy for Best New Hip Hop Artist, he doesn't back down from his words.
“I vehemently reject the trend in hip-hop of championing abusers and I will not hold my tongue about it,” the MC continues. “I don’t give a fuck about getting attention. I care about bringing awareness and holding people accountable for their actions.”
The 2018 BET Hip Hop Awards have yet to air, but news of Mensa's anti-X rap made waves on the internet when DJ Scheme tweeted about it on Saturday.
"When y’all hear Vic Mensas fucking freestyle at the BET awards y’all are going to be fucking disgusted," Scheme wrote at the time. "@VicMensa SUCK MY DICK" That tweet is just one of many Scheme directed at Mensa, who would soon be attacked on all sides.
Next to come at Mensa was No Jumper host Adam22, who referenced Mensa's own past with domestic violence, which Mensa admitted to on his 2016 song, "There's Alot Going On."
Referencing the song, an instance where Mensa admitted to choking his own girlfriend, Adam wrote, "sooooo... vic mensa called x an abuser in front of his grieving mother even though he wrote a song about choking a girl. gotcha."
Responding to Adam22, Mensa uploaded a screenshot of a story detailing sexual assault allegations against the rap media personality. Dismissing the allegations and Mensa referencing them, Adam simply got back to the matter of Mensa's XXX diss, something he obviously doesn't approve of.
"Lol you disrespect a dead legend in front of his mom. everyone is shitting on you and you think bringing up a fake allegation is gonna work. Nice," wrote Adam22.
After a back-and-forth about the validity of allegations against Adam22 and Mensa's admission that he'd choked his girlfriend, the two stopped going back and forth.
On the rapper end of things, Trippie Redd and Florida artist Zoey Dollaz, both friends of XXXTentacion, also had some words for Mensa. Addressing the situation during a session on Instagram Live, Trippie began throwing some disses at the Chicago rapper.
"Tell Vic Mensa pull up. Pull up to L.A.," Trippie begins in the Livestream. "We want to fight [laughs]. Tell that nigga pull up. Dissing passed away people and shit. I was kinda fucking with dude though. I liked two of his songs. All the rest of them was trash, though."
For his part, Dollaz kept things short and to the point, tweeting, "Yo @VicMensa you pussy."
See Mensa's video addressing his XXX diss for yourself above as well as the tweets and other social media posts from Adam22, DJ Scheme, Trippie Redd and Zoey Dollaz below.
See DJ Scheme’s Tweets About Vic Mensa’s Cypher at 2018 BET Hip Hop Awards
See Vic Mensa and Adam22 Go at Each Other on Twitter
Watch Trippie Redd Sound Off on Vic Mensa
See Zoey Dollaz’s Tweet Taking Aim at Vic Mensa