Vic Mensa pulled no punches during his appearance on Complex’s Everyday Struggle. The Manuscript rapper unleashed a barrage of criticism toward DJ Akademiks when the panel began discussing the topic of Chicago rap.
Akademiks asked Vic about the MC’s thoughts on Hip Hop commentators outside of Chicago commenting on the city’s violence. The question set Vic off as he took issue with the online personality’s exploitation of his hometown.
“I wanted to slap you in your face, honestly,” Mensa told Akademiks. “And I’m just seeing you here. I’m like this is a tame environment, so I will keep it to my words. But I really feel as if people exactly like you sensationalize and made a following off of clowning situations that we go through in real life. And I think niggas ain’t have no right. You specifically, you ain’t never had a right. What ever made you feel like you had a space to have a perspective on our people dying on a daily basis?”
Akademiks countered by saying he tried to provide a different perspective. He claimed he was not glorifying the violence like others did, but Mensa didn’t agree and condemned Akademiks’ sensationalism.
“There was nothing constructive about it,” Mensa said of Akademiks’ coverage. “And I’ma tell you the truth — I really think you a bitch. Because there’s a video that you put up that about a person named Tray 57, making all these jokes like, ‘Here’s another Chiraq savage. Like this guy’s stupid. He messed with the Grim Reaper.’ Like nigga, this is not a video game. That’s a nigga I grew up with that I’ve known since I was five years old. And to see you come on the Internet and like with the corny ass little voice and make jokes about it, I was waiting to see you. And it’s a couple of people waiting to see you. I heard you say you didn’t wanna come to Chicago when I sat down ’cause you clearly know. You really couldn’t even stand outside.”
Mensa finished off his lambasting of Akademiks by making it clear that his issues with the man are very serious. The Roc Nation artist detailed how the situation would be different if they weren’t in the public eye.
“You really built a following off clowning our deaths,” Mensa said. “People that I really know. And you know what’s fucked up about it and why I said the things I said to you is because were we to be in a room and there’s no cameras, there’s no security, you see us, you wouldn’t make no jokes. You wouldn’t make a single joke.”
Watch the entire episode here and DJ Akademiks’ comments on Tray 57’s death above.