Last month (June), rapper Vic Mensa accused Justin Timberlake of “benefiting from using black culture” in a discussion about controversial comments the singer made relating to Jesse Williams’ BET Awards speech.
Mensa later clarified on Twitter that his comments “were not to bash Justin Timberlake,” adding, “I was just shedding some light on the idea of cultural appropriation.”
Now the Chicago native has addressed the comments in a new freestyle on DJ Semtex’s BBC Radio 1Xtra show. You can watch the video of it below.
Rapping over Pusha T’s ‘Numbers on the Boards’, Mensa says: “For the record: I ain’t got no problem with Justin Timberlake/That’s the media spin, don’t believe the shit they say. All I’m saying is you got niggas that love you/So show that love back, ’cause we’re here in the struggle.”
Mensa has been busy in recent weeks, as he shared pro-LGBT rights track ‘Free Love’ last month, in the wake of the recent massacre at Orlando gay club Pulse. That was shortly after he released surprise new EP ‘There’s Alot Going On’, the first lengthy project from the Chicago rapper since his 2013 mixtape, the ‘Innanetape’. Mensa was also pictured working in the studio with Gorillaz in May, as the animated band work on their first project since ‘The Fall’ in 2011.