DJ Akademiks has been rubbing the people the wrong way ever since he made his debut on Complex’s Everyday Struggle. So it was only a matter of time before someone calls him out on his critiques of artists and the music industry. On Monday’s episode (June 19), Chicago rhymer Vic Mensa called Akademiks a “bitch” for sensationalizing the violence in his city and his reporting of the rap scene.
Akademiks brought up the topic of Chicago rap, asking what Mensa thought of the scene now. “I wanted to slap you in your face,” Mensa responded, referencing Akademiks coverage of the violence around drill music. “I really felt as if people exactly like you sensationalized and made a following off of clowning situations we go through in real life… whatever made you feel like you had a space to have a perspective of our people dying on a daily basis?”
Akademiks defended himself by stating that his coverage of the drill scene was constructive, to which Mensa vehemently disagree.
“There’s nothing constructive about it,” he seethed. “To tell you the truth, I really think you are a bitch.”
To further make his point, Mensa mentions a video from Akademiks on Tray 57, a Chicago rapper who was killed in 2014. He claimed Ak joked about his death. “That’s a n—- I grew up with,” he said. “I’ve known [him] since I was five years old, and to see you come on the internet with this corny ass little voice and make jokes about it… I was waiting to see you.”
“Who made you eligible to even weigh in?” he continued. “You really built a following clowning off our deaths.”
“You’re like basically one of those little kids that makes fan fiction on the internet. And just create these worlds about people they don’t even know,” he added. “It’s kind of sick when it’s real people dying young. I’m at those funerals.”
On Twitter, fans gave props to Vic Mensa for calling out DJ Akademiks.
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