Over the past year, Vic Mensa has become a voice for frustrated black youth. His musical movement toward politics and activism can be heard on his excellent 2016 release There's Alot Going On, an EP that includes "16 Shots," a gut-wrenching, devasting record about the murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald at the hands of Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke.
On Wednesday (November 2), Mensa hosted a Reddit AMA to discuss his newly-released video for "16 Shots," but during the Q&A he answered questions about a wide variety of topics, including Lil Wayne's recent comments about the Black Lives Matter movement.
When asked for his opinion on prominent, black celebrities, like Wayne, who are anti-Black Lives Matter, Mensa replied, "I think it's a very ignorant, selfish and isolated position to take. Because even someone as big as Wayne is just a black man minus all of his ice and fame and can be treated the same way."
Mensa is right—Wayne is ignorant.
As our own Andy James wrote on Wednesday, he's been living inside a bubble of fame and fortune for so long, it appears he has completely lost touch with reality. His “there is no such thing as racism” comment on a September taping of FS1 talk show Undisputed, citing all of the white fans who attend his shows, further accentuates his racial blindness.
Wayne later apologized for his insensitive and uninformed commentary, offering "apologies to anyone who was offended," but his social illiteracy remains troubling. Luckily, there are artists like Vic Mensa to help balance the scale.