By Damilola Faustino
In his pre-recorded cipher, the rapper condemned Hip Hop artists accused of domestic violence such as the late XXXtentacion, whose mother was in attendance to accept the Best New Artist Award on his behalf.
“Recently, I did a freestyle for the BET [Hip Hop] Awards cipher addressing and condemning rappers who unabashedly abuse women and those who stand up for them and even call them legends,” Vic said in his apology video. “I stand behind those statements. It was pre-recorded weeks ago, and I had no idea a grieving mother would be in the audience to honor her lost son. I never intended to disrespect her, and I offer my deepest condolences for her loss at the hands of gun violence.
“However, I vehemently reject the trend in Hip Hop of championing abusers, and I will not hold my tongue about it. I don’t give a fuck about getting attention. I care about bringing awareness and holding people accountable for their actions.”
In the Instagram caption, he added, “Protect women. Domestic & sexual abuse are not excusable because you have the talent or you are troubled. With that said I was not aware his mother would be in attendance & I offer her my deepest condolences.”
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