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Vic Mensa Addresses XXXTentacion Controversy In New Song

" "I f**ked up, admit that I f**ked up..."

Fresh off of his recently-aired BET Hip-Hop Awards cypher, Vic Mensa is addressing the murky controversy that unfolded earlier this month in a new song. The issue tackled in "Empathy" stems from Mensa's un-edited verse aimed at deceased rapper XXXTentacion and his own admission of domestic abuse.

“Only time you bear arms is in a wife beater, loser/Your favorite rapper's a domestic abuser," he spit in the edited version, which aired last night (Oct. 16). While some would argue that addressing the issue of domestic abuse in hip-hop is important, several others chastised the Chicago rapper, who reportedly admitted to choking his ex-girlfriend.

In "Empathy," he addresses his transgression, rapping “Got a call from my ex, she forgive but she can't forget/As a man we don't understand the damages we've sewn just by stringing her along..."

"And everybody heard the song," he continues. "I f**ked up, admit that I f**ked up/But I ain't do that though, so I wanna judge, but I sound like an a**hole.”

Mensa acknowledged the controversy surrounding the freestyle after news of his dig at X made the rounds. While he sent condolences to the ? musician's mother, who was in the audience at the event, he stood by his bars and the point he tried to make.

Listen to "Empathy" below.

READ MORE: Watch Vic Mensa’s Alleged XXXTentacion Diss At The 2018 BET Hip-Hop Awards

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Judge Removes Tekashi 6ix9ine's Lawyer From Racketeering Case

Tekashi 6ix9ine is in need of new legal representation. A judge has reportedly removed one of 6ix9ine's lawyers from his racketeering case ahead of his trial, XXL reports. The decision was made during a pre-trial conference on Tuesday (Jan. 22).

The presiding Judge Paul A. Engelmayer ruled that the 6ix9ine's lawyer, Lance Lazarro, would have to be removed from the case due to a potential conflict of interest. Lazarro reportedly represented Tekashi's co-defendants, Faheem "Crippy" Walter and Kifano "Shotti" Jordan before representing 6ix9ine in his racketeering case.

During the conference, Engelmayer stated that he was upset that Lazarro had not disclosed his relationship with the co-defendants previously. Lazarro reportedly represented Walter for a gang assault charge in Oct. 2018 and Jordan for numerous charges in 2009 and 2015. He explained that he didn't think the matter was important to mention.  Judge Engelmayer responded by noting that it wasn't the attorney's place to determine whether his previous work was significant.

Lazzaro will not be able to act as Tekashi's lawyer until he sends letters detailing the extent of his relationships with Walter and Jordan. If the judge finds no conflict of interest, Lazarro will be able to return as an acting attorney for Tekashi. Dawn Florio will continue as part of Tekashi's legal team.

As previously reported, the "Stoopid" artist, Walter, and Jordan are awaiting trial for a racketeering case. Tekashi pleaded not guilty to the federal charges in Nov. 2018. If convicted, he could face a life sentence in prison. His trial date is slated to begin on Sept. 4.

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Lil Wayne Teases "Don't Cry" Music Video

Lil Wayne is gearing up for another music video release. The rapper recently hopped on Twitter on Tuesday (Jan. 22) to share a preview of his upcoming video for his single "Don't Cry."

The 34-second trailer features Weezy lounging in both desert and glacial atmospheres. The camera also pans to a montage of video vixens before transitioning to a religious-inspired scene.

"Don't Cry" is included on Tunechi's latest project, Tha Carter V, which was released in 2018. The song features the late XXXTentacion, whom was killed in a drive-by shooting in June 2018.

Wayne and X never had the chance to meet prior to his death. Weezy was introduced to the artist's music through Mack Maine. "That was my big homie Mack’s idea. He came to New Orleans to do something for like a day or two, and he came back and said I have something I want you to hear. That was the first time hearing my mom on the song, so when he played that, then he played the song," Wayne revealed during his 2018 CRWN interview. "May he rest in peace... Y’all know I don't listen to nothing but myself cause I work too much, so I didn't know who XXXtentacion was. So Mack had to explain the whole story to me right then and there. I had to Google and all that and I found out, figured everything out. It was easy. It wasn't such a thing as yes or no, it was let me get my verses together."

The "Don't Cry" music video doesn't have an official release date at this time. Check out the teaser below.

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T.I. And Joyner Lucas Defend Chris Brown Amid Rape Allegations

Artists are stepping up to defend Chris Brown after the singer was recently accused of raping a woman in Paris on Monday (Jan. 21). Both T.I. and Joyner Lucas are two of the first rappers to voice their opinions about the alleged incident on social media.

While T.I. did not comment on Brown's innocence directly, he did question the timing of the news report. The rapper shared a headline from a past article, in which Brown was being celebrated for becoming the youngest artist to own his own masters recordings. "First this... then RAPE allegations," he questioned, suggesting that the accusations were released as a ploy to put a negative spotlight on Breezy.

Joyner Lucas also joined the conversation on Instagram. "Bro seriously?!! Smh GET THE F**K OFF MY N***AZ D**K BRO," he wrote. "@chrisbrownofficial ain’t rape nobody. Any and every way someone gets the opportunity to create a story and try to ruin my n***az legacy they take it. It won’t happen tho. Anybody who actually thinks breezy needs to take some p*ssy got issues. Trust me when I say it doesn’t matter what city, state, country, or continent this n***a goes to, he can literally pick like a flower from a garden of bad b***hes who wanna f**k and it’s that simple. Nobody bout to make me believe this n***a is a rapist."

Lucas then suggested that TV networks were paying people to falsely accuse the R&B crooner. "No way no f**king how. And if anybody is mad at this post and wants to unfollow me then be my f**king guest! 🤷🏽‍♂️... this is the reason why he been in the house for so many years and barely goes anywhere. The Moment the n***a take a vacation to Paris then now he a rapist," he added. "I’m no conspiracy theorist but no bullsh*t, im really starting to believe that TV networks are paying muthaf**kas to false claim allegations just so they can turn it into a documentary."

As previously reported, Chris Brown was arrested in Paris after a woman filed a complaint claiming that he raped her.  The 24-year-old woman alleges that she met Brown at a club on Jan. 14. She claims he allegedly raped her after the two went back to his hotel. Despite the woman's report however, another woman named Kim Ford, who was allegedly at the scene of the incident, claims Brown was nowhere in sight. Brown also claims the allegations are false.

Check out T.I. and Joyner Lucas' full comments below.

 

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Bro seriously?!! Smh GET THE FUCK OFF MY NIGGAZ DICK BRO!!‼️‼️‼️‼️. @chrisbrownofficial ain’t rape nobody. Any and every way someone gets the opportunity to create a story and try to ruin my niggaz legacy they take it. It won’t happen tho. Anybody who actually thinks breezy needs to take some pussy got issues. Trust me when I say it doesn’t matter what city, state, country, or continent this nigga goes to, he can literally pick like a flower from a garden of bad bitches who wanna fuck and it’s that simple. Nobody bout to make me believe this nigga is a rapist. No way no fucking how. And if anybody is mad at this post and wants to unfollow me then be my fucking guest! 🤷🏽‍♂️... this is the reason why he been in the house for so many years and barely goes anywhere. The Moment the nigga take a vacation to Paris then now he a rapist. 🤦🏽‍♂️ I’m no conspiracy theorist but no bullshit, im really starting to believe that TV networks are paying muthafukas to false claim allegations just so they can turn it into a documentary. Smh FOH‼️‼️‼️‼️

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