Everyday Struggle Top 10 Moments of 2017

On today's special episode of #EverydayStruggle, the crew counts down the top 10 episodes of 2017, from the Migos interview to Russ and Vic Mensa. 

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Lil Peep’s Cause of Death Confirmed as Overdose of Xanax and Fentanyl

Lil Peep’s cause of death has reportedly been revealed.

According to TMZ, the Pima County Medical Examiner’s office found that the rising rapper died from an an overdose of Fentanyl and Xanax, confirming previous suspicions surrounding his cause of death. The toxicology report states there was no alcohol found in his system; however, there were traces of various other drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, Tramadol, Hydrocodone, and Oxycodone.

The medical examiner’s office deemed the cause of death “accidental.”

The news arrives nearly one month after Lil Peep was found dead on a tour bus in Tuscon, Arizona, where he was scheduled to perform. He was 21.

In the wake of his death, a number of hip-hop figures have spoken out about rampant drug use within the genre. Wiz Khalifa told Complex he has encouraged his friends to stop consuming lean; Lil Uzi Vert announced he was giving up drugs; and Vic Mensa ​called out rappers who glorify drug use in an effort to sell records.  

“To be honest, it’s like, on one hand I almost don’t even feel that I have a right to chastise anybody because I’ve fucking done it […] I regret it,” Mensa told Billboard. “I don’t rap about it anymore, but I have some lines about taking Xanax. I just think that we’re in such a dangerous place now because it’s been normalized and the drug abuse has been reduced to like a marketing tactic.”

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Vic Mensa Criticizes Future for Rapping About Doing Drugs to Sell Records: ‘It’s Pretty F*cked’

Lil Peep’s untimely death has sparked conversations about drug abuse and mental health. The 21-year-old rapper died earlier this month from a suspected overdose of fentanyl-laced drugs—a tragedy that has shed light on the opioid epidemic, mental health, and the glorification of prescription drugs in mainstream culture.

In a new interview with Billboard, Vic Mensa spoke about the issue of substance abuse and whom he believes should be held accountable. The Chicago rapper questioned why drug manufacturers and doctors aren’t taking more of the blame.

“I have a lot of personal experience bouncing around between psychiatrists and therapists and being fed pills, while at the same time being told that if I don’t stop doing drugs I’m gonna ruin my life. They act like what they’re giving us is not drugs,” he said. “[…] I really start to ask, like, at what point and time do we start holding the manufacturers of Xanax accountable? The prescribers of Xanax and Percocet, at what point and time do the people that literally make these products in labs and mass produce them—when are these people criminals?”

He continued: “They are making the murder weapon, and there’s no way I can propose that this is the most effective, logical treatment for these mental illnesses.”

Vic seems fully aware that this is a complex issue with many factors. He even suggested hip-hop artists, including himself, have contributed to this epidemic by glorifying it in their art. Vic admitted he regrets ever referencing prescription drugs in his music.

“To be honest, it’s like, on one hand I almost don’t even feel that I have a right to chastise anybody because I’ve fucking done it […] I regret it. I don’t rap about it anymore, but I have some lines about taking Xanax,” he said. “I just think that we’re in such a dangerous place now because it’s been normalized and the drug abuse has been reduced to like a marketing tactic. You got Future talking about, ‘I just rap about drugs because I know that’s what sells, that’s what people want to hear.’ While people are overdosing left and right. It’s really representative of the state of the nation, but it’s also horribly irresponsible because you got kids that idolize these people and will do anything they do. They’re being misled but their fucking heroes and getting addicted to Xans or Percocets and dying from them. So, it’s pretty fucked.”

You can read Vic’s full interview—in which he also speaks about the NRA, meditation, and more—at Billboard’s website

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The third annual Tidal X: Brooklyn charity concert took place Tuesday night, with special performances from Jay Z, Cardi B, DJ Khaled, Stevie Wonder, and more artists doing their part to raise money and awareness for those affected by recent natural disasters.

Complex News' Speedy Morman hit the red carpet at Tidal X: Brooklyn to chat with Vic Mensa, ASAP Ferg, Wonder, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and others who highlighted the importance of helping those in need. Check out those conversations and highlights from the concert above. 

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On today’s Everyday Struggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska run through the day of news, which includes the possibility of a Cardi B and Remy Ma track, a lady stealing a police car, the Michael Bennett situation, and more. Additionally, the crew breaks down Vic Mensa’s latest freestyle and the snippet of the new Jay Z and Meek Mill that Timbaland recently previewed. 

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Vic Mensa: ‘F*ck R. Kelly, He Needs to Be Locked Away Forever’

Before Jim DeRogatis’ Buzzfeed story alleging R. Kelly keeps an “abusive cult” of women while controlling various aspects of their life, DeRogatis regularly wrote about Kelly facing accusations of sex with teenage girls for the Chicago Sun-Times. One can assume Southside Chicago product Vic Mensa is familiar with the accusations that have followed Kelly for years, because Vic didn’t pull any punches when asked for his opinions on the 50-year-old singer.

“Fuck R. Kelly,” Vic told TMZ when asked about the fellow Chicagoan. “R. Kelly is a scumbag and a very dirty man. He needs to be locked away forever.”

Kelly has repeatedly denied the claims of him leading a cult of women, calling them “a bunch of crap.” He has also threatened legal action. 

DeRogatis has written about Kelly since at least 2000, citing court records as well as public and private sources.

“Illinois state statute prohibits adult men from having sex with girls under 17, but prosecutions must be brought within three years of the act,” DeRogatis wrote in a piece for the Sun-Times published in 2000. “Kelly never has been charged in connection with any of his relationships with minors, and the statute of limitations is now past for several of these relationships. Chicago police twice have investigated allegations that Kelly was having sex with an underage female but dropped the investigations because the girl would not cooperate.”

The candid Kelly-related quote wasn’t the only thing TMZ managed to get from Mensa. The rapper said he holds no grudge against Justin Bieber for cancelling his recent Purpose Tour. Vic Mensa was scheduled to tour alongside Bieber for the remaining 14 tour dates.

“People want to make money, but at the end of the day, we’re people and shit,” Vic added. “Bieber’s been on tour for what, two-and-a-half years straight touring the same album? That can be exhausting.”

Vic Mensa said he will still hit the road, and an announcement for tour dates is forthcoming.

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Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks Debate If Lyricism in Rap Is Dead on ‘Everyday Struggle’

On today's Everyday Struggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska run through a packed day of news, which included some thoughts on Partynextdoor deleting some controversial tweets, Justin Bieber's church obligations, the Bernice Burgos interview, and more. Additionally, the crew discuss if lyricism is a dying thing in rap and Akademiks respond to Vic Mensa's recent diss towards him. Plus, they answer a bunch of fan tweets. 

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