The tragic death of Juice WRLD last month shook the hip-hop world to its core, shedding a light on the culture's oft-overlooked drug problem. Since his passing, many rappers have come forward to speak out about rap's problematic connections to drug culture. Vic Mensa is the latest artist to join the conversation.
Earlier today, TMZ caught up with Mensa in Los Angeles. The outlet asked the rapper for his take on Lil Pump dropping "Drug Addicts" from his setlist at L.A.'s Rolling Loud Festival. Mensa explained that he supports Pumps move, saying."I think that as members of the hip hop community, we need to take responsibility for the things that we say."
"We need to recognize that the shit that we talk about influences children. So, when we steady pushing a message of lean and Percocets and Xans we are polluting the minds of the youth. We have a responsibility to give it to 'em in a real way," Mensa explained. "I think that we need to start holding each other and ourselves accountable for our glorification of the drug culture."
Vic Mensa, who's gone through drug addiction himself, admitted that Juice WRLD's passing's has caused him to reassess his own lyrics. "In younger times, I definitely did not feel no responsibility to the youth or to anybody but myself," he said. "But it's like, you gotta be careful about what you say because kids take what you say for real. They take it as the gospel. So, give 'em something they can use, not shit that's killing them. And when we see these things happening to the young brothas, rest in peace Juice, too early, 21... and rap is much to blame for it."