Vic Mensa Criticizes Future For Rapping About Drugs For Record Sales
Vic Mensa speaks about the issue of substance abuse in a new interview with Billboard.
"I have a lot of personal experience bouncing around between psychiatrists and therapists and being fed pills, while at the same time being told that if I don’t stop doing drugs I’m gonna ruin my life. They act like what they’re giving us is not drugs," he said. "[…] I really start to ask, like, at what point and time do we start holding the manufacturers of Xanax accountable? The prescribers of Xanax and Percocet, at what point and time do the people that literally make these products in labs and mass produce them—when are these people criminals?"
He continued: "They are making the murder weapon, and there’s no way I can propose that this is the most effective, logical treatment for these mental illnesses."
Later on in the interview, Vic goes on to admit that he has played a role in glorifying drug use in his music but has said he regrets it and no longer does it. However Vic holds ATL rapper, Future, responsible for being one of the main influences in the culture.
“To be honest, it’s like, on one hand I almost don’t even feel that I have a right to chastise anybody because I’ve fucking done it. I’ve rapped about Xanax. I regret it. I don’t rap about it anymore, but I have some lines about taking Xanax. I just think that we’re in such a dangerous place now because it’s been normalized and the drug abuse has been reduced to like a marketing tactic. You got Future talking about “I just rap about drugs because I know that’s what sells, that’s what people want to hear.” While people are overdosing left and right.”
“It’s really representative of the state of the nation, but it’s also horribly irresponsible because you got kids that idolize these people and will do anything they do. They’re being misled but their fucking heroes and getting addicted to Xans or Percocets and dying from them. So, it’s pretty fucked.”
Read the full interview over at Billboard