Chicago-based rapper and singer Vic Mensa has been a vocal critic of the Trump administration's mistreatment of migrants at the US-Mexico border, most notably as part of his punk/alt-rock/rap band 93PUNX, whose debut LP dropped last week. The band recently shared a video for single "Camp America," which explicitly deals with the crisis at the border, and now Vic is taking his anger to the problem's source. On Instagram, he announced 93PUNX will perform at a rally in front of ICE's Los Angeles headquarters on Monday (9/2), saying the rally will be "THE DAY TO PULL UP ON I.C.E. & ROCK OUT." The flyer, which can be seen below, boldly reads, "FUCK ICE! for da kids!"
Speaking to XXL late last year, Vic says his work with 93PUNX directly tackles several sociopolitical issues plaguing the country in recent years, saying, "It’s topical but ambiguous, addressing shit like immigration detention centers, the Pulse nightclub shooting and Catholic priest sex abuse, just coming at it in crazy, creative, conceptual ways."
Earlier this summer, Vic performed at an immigrant detention center outside San Diego, and documented the experience on Instagram. As he writes, despite the "detention center" name, he says the facility is "100% a PRISON."
Last week I took a trip to the border to perform in front of an immigrant prison outside of San Diego. Technically it’s called Otay Mesa Detention Center but I can assure you it is 100% a PRISON. It is surrounded by steel fences topped with barbed wire where immigrants and refugees are incarcerated in pods. The "detention center" is operated by CoreCivic, the first company to create a privatized prison. They operate over 70 prisons in the US where they make billions of dollars a year from the inmates they lock up. So we pulled up on a flatbed truck and said FUCK YOU!
You can watch the full video below. Vic Mensa was also scheduled to go out on tour this fall, before all dates were cancelled.