Vic Mensa is facing backlash for dissing XXXTentacion in a BET freestyle. In his freestyle, Mensa reportedly said, “Your favorite rapper is an abuser” before referencing XXX. According to Mensa, the cypher was pre-recorded weeks ago and he did not know that XXX’s mother would be in attendance. Vic Mensa has responded to criticism following his alleged XXXTentacion 'diss', saying that he "vehemently rejects the trend" of "championing abusers." "Recently I did a freestyle for the BET Awards cypher dressing and condemning rappers who unabashedly abuse women and those who stand up for them and even all them ‘legends’," he said. "I stand behind those statements." "It was pre-recorded 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 I offer my deepest condolences for her loss at the hands of gun violence." "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*ck about getting attention, I care about bringing awareness and holding people accountable for their actions."
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