This weekend, the 2018 BET Awards were filmed in Miami ahead of its airing on October 16. Late rapper XXXTentacion received a posthumous award for Best New Artist, accepted by his mother on his behalf. Vic Mensa was also in attendance to perform a freestyle as part of a cypher, where he called out XXXTentacion for his acts of violence against women.
DJ Scheme, a collaborator of XXX, took to Twitter to voice his frustration with Mensa’s words about the late rapper, tweeting “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,” continuing, “u can deny it but everyone who was there heard that shit.”
Mensa shared his thoughts on the situation in a video shared on Instagram, claiming that his performance was filmed weeks ago. “I had no idea a grieving mother would be in the audience to honor her lost son,” Mensa says in the clip. “However, I vehemently reject the trend in hip hop of championing abusers, and I will not hold my tongue about it.” Watch the whole statement below, and stay tuned for the 2018 BET Awards airing October 16.
In other music news, Lil Wayne’s ‘Tha Carter V’ debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard charts.