If you remember a month back, Justin Timberlake got into a bit of strife following his slip up during his Twitter conversations regarding the BET awards. After acknowledging Jesse Williams’ powerful speech, the pop singer replied to a comment which snapped, “stop appropriating our music and culture.” Timberlake’s reply was the wrongfully so “we are the same,” a seemingly #AllLivesMatter response to the #BlackLivesMatter movement speech.
After that, Chicago rapper Vic Mensa chimed in, boldly saying, “Don’t tell us shit unless you show us you care,” alongside this,
“Our problem here is that Justin Timberlake himself–you know–is definitely benefiting from using black culture for his sound, his dance moves, his dancers, and blowing up off of it. But if you roll down Justin Timberlake’s Twitter for the past two years, which I just did, you see nothing that supports black people when it’s more difficult, when there’s a struggle.”
While Vic maintains he doesn’t hate the singer, nor did he intend to “bash” him in his speech, he has brought the subject back up with an exclusive BBC 1 Extra freestyle which builds on what Mensa started in late June. Rapping over Pusha T’s Numbers On The Boards, he delivers nothing short of fire, with his always impeccably-targeted lyricism revolving around race and police brutality, oh and this time JT as well.
“For the record: I ain’t got no problem with Justin Timberlake/That’s the media spin, don’t believe the shit they say,” he raps. “All I’m saying is you got niggas that love you/So show that love back, ’cause we’re here in the struggle.”
Vic Mensa’s EP There’s Alot Going On, which dropped just a few months ago, conveyed a lot of similar messages to his recent freestyles, with the world’s current social status obviously affecting the rapper quite dramatically. Check out the video below: