XXX's friends and fans took issue with Mensa "dissing" the deceased rapper, especially since his grieving mother Cleopatra Bernard was at the awards show. Vic did offer his "deepest condolences" to Bernard at the time.
Recently, Mensa was a guest on The Breakfast Club, and the BET cypher controversy came up during the interview. The Roc Nation emcee made it clear he wouldn't take back his criticism of violence against women, but he also mentioned offering an olive branch to Bernard.
"I actually reached out to his mother personally. We pre-tape those things. I didn't know she would be there," said the Hooligans EP creator. "At the end of the day, I do think that the conversation that I was trying to bring up and that I did bring up is a super necessary conversation."
He continued, "Maybe the way of going about it was not the best for the time, but I think the conversation is one that had to be had - talking about violence against women and misogyny in Hip Hop, but particularly violence against women. I had a lot of people on the low reach out to me and thank me for that."
Angela Yee asked Vic what he said to Cleopatra Bernard. The SaveMoney member replied, "I just reached out and apologized to her because I didn't know she would be in attendance. Like I said when I was online, I wouldn't walk back any of my statements because what I said I meant. I think some more truth came to light not long after. That whole situation is just one for me to learn and grow from."
Mensa was likely referring to an October report by Pitchfork that included audio of XXX allegedly confessing to assaulting his ex-girlfriend and stabbing nine people. Jahseh "XXXTentacion" Onfroy died on June 18 after being shot outside a motorsport dealership in Deerfield Beach, Florida. He was 20 years old.