On Monday’s episode of Everyday Struggle, DJ Akademiks found himself once again as the target of a rapper’s anger. With Vic Mensa as day’s special guest, the Chicago rapper called out Akademiks for what he felt was negative, exploitative coverage of the ongoing violence in Chicago.

“People exactly like you sensationalized and made a following off of clowning situations that we go through in real life,” the rapper told Akademiks. “I think n----s ain’t have no right. You specifically, you ain’t never have a right. Whatever made you feel like you had a space to have a perspective on our people dying on a daily basis?”

While Mensa dominated the argument during his appearance, Akademiks has now given his side of the story.

“I am never above an artist who may have a difference of opinion, on either what I’ve said or what I’ve said about them, to come up here and voice it. That’s the reason we have guests,” he said. “When Vic Mensa was here, I could have easily glanced over and went past that, but that was a point of discussion when I have discussed this a lot and know he’s been outspoken about it. So I wanted to know how he felt. He said what he had to say. I think that’s important.”

Akademiks also went on Instagram to further explain his thoughts, apologizing for his prior coverage of drill music and Chicago violence.

“I apologize to all artist and people from Chicago for giving light to drill music and it may be one of the things I did wrong while coming up. I've realized a lot within the last few Days.”

As for why many rappers are now coming for DJ Akademiks, his co-star on the show, Joe Budden, said it has to do with Akademiks now being accessible.

“You’re in a space now where people are looking to talk to you,” Budden told Akademiks.

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