Vic Mensa Stages Pop-Up 'F**k ICE' Protest Concert In Front Of Agency's Headquarters
Mensa said the show was "definitely a victory."
September 04, 2019 at 11:01 pm
Vic Mensa’s latest concert was a middle finger to the Trump administration.
On Monday, Mensa and his punk rock band 93PUNX pulled up to the ICE headquarters in Los Angeles for a pop-up concert. The Chicago native announced the concert on his Instagram page on Friday, according to Pitchfork. The show was aptly titled "F**k ICE! For Da Kids!"
“My bad its Monday — the day to pull up on I.C.E. & rock out,” he wrote.
Mensa wasn’t playing because he performed in front of the building from the bed of a pickup truck for about 100 people.
The show began with the anti-ICE diddy, “Camp America,” and lasted for about 40 minutes before the police shut it down.
Even though the show was brief, the “Reverse” rapper said it was “definitely a victory."
"What's going on in this nation is f**king ridiculous," he told TMZ. "Everyone knows it. Lives are being put up for sale and the treatment of human beings is absolutely unacceptable. So that's why we wanted to do s**t like this. Pull up outside of the building where their making decisions to incarcerate kids and say 'f**k that.'"
The band released its first EP on August 23. The project includes contributions from Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, Good Charlotte frontman Joel Madden and H.R. of Bad Brains.
“I think it’s important that we’re in an important time, and the music reflects that,” Mensa told Flaunt. “Much of the music, and the visuals, and the stance taken is radical, and it’s not safe. It’s dangerous, and that’s the world we live in right now. I think more music needs to reflect that.”
Mensa is known for being socially conscious, and 93PUNX is an extension of his rebellious spirit. It isn’t hard for him to care about the plight of other marginalized people.
“I really set out to address certain messages, whether it be the treatment of immigrants — specifically immigrant children — or the treatment of trans people, or reproductive freedom, based on the things that are important to me, and based on people who are being oppressed, people who are being marginalized, people who are being strangled by power, because I know how that feels,” Mensa continued. “Being a Black man in America, it’s easy for me to relate to the underdog.”
The world hasn’t seen the last of 93PUNX.
"Yeah, we might pull around to other states. We might take it on tour," Mensa told TMZ. "The 'F**k ICE' Tour."