On Sunday, a report surfaced online that Vic Mensa had dissed deceased rapper XXXTentacion during a cypher at the BET Hip-Hop Awards.
The criticism grew after it was learnt that XXX’s mother Cleopatra Bernard was in the audience at the taping to accept the award for Best New Hip Hop Artist on her son’s behalf. Mensa reportedly rapped “Your favorite rapper is an abuser” in reference to XXX during his freestyle.
yo bro how u gone say
“Your favorite rapper is an abuser” and then follow it with a line saying “some shit X some shit so I won’t live long” u can deny it but everyone who was there heard that shit
— LEGENDS NEVER DIE (@DJSCHEME_) October 7, 2018
The Chicago rapper has now confirmed the report himself but offered an explanation why he did it. “Protect women. Domestic & sexual abuse are not excusable because you have talent or you are troubled. With that said I was not aware his mother would be in attendance & I offer her my deepest condolences,” he wrote in his caption on Instagram. He added in the video that the cypher was pre-recorded and he had no idea XXX’s mother would be in attendance.
“I had no idea a grieving mother would be in the audience to honor her lost son,” he said. “I never intended to disrespect her and I offer my deepest condolences for her loss at the hands of gun violence…I don’t give a f*ck about getting attention. I care about bringing awareness and holding people accountable for their actions.”
XXX fans were quick to call out Vic over his comments, bringing up the the alleged incident where Vic choked his former girlfriend. He had admitted to the same during an interview with The Breakfast Club in 2016. “That was something I had to learn and grow from. I have the utmost respect for women.”