Vic Mensa performed with Common at the March for Our Lives event on Saturday in Washington D.C. It was a massive demonstration by young people advocating gun control in the wake of the tragic shooting in a Parkland, Florida high school.
What many didn’t know was that Mensa, a rapper, was arrested last year for keeping a loaded firearm in his car without a permit.
Mensa is most likely going to dodge jail time in his case and just have to cut a check. The D.A.’s office said that he will get 2 years probation after pleading no contest to carrying a concealed weapon in his car. The second count of carrying an unregistered loaded firearm was dropped.
The rapper could have received as much as 2 years in jail, but will be free if he pays $500. His other option will be to serve 2 days in jail.
He was arrested in March after the police stopped him for running a stop sign in Beverly Hills.
Vic Mensa and Common performed together. Vic sang his oppression-opposing song: “Now We Could Be Free.” He dedicated a set of songs saying, “This song is dedicated to Stephon Clark, Decynthia Clements and all the unarmed Black men and women killed by police weapons,” he said. “Until all of us are free, none of us will be free.”
Then, with the help of school children and an orchestra, Common teamed up with Andra Day and sang their duet, “Stand Up for Something.”
Mensa and Common were joined at the March by Kanye West. He was spotted with wife Kim Kardashian and daughter North. Kim posted a picture of the special moment on social media, uploading a photo of Kanye and North embracing. “I’m so happy I got to share this moment with these two ❤❤.” she captioned the pic on Twitter. “I hope North remembers this forever.”
Do you think there is an inconsistency here with Vic Mensa being charged with a weapon possession crime and taking a spotlight at this gun control event?