(AllHipHop News) Chicago rapper Vic Mensa is now fronting the new alternative rock/rap band 93PUNX. The first release from the group is a politically-charged song titled "Camp America."
Mensa also presented visuals for the record. The music video is an artistic response to Donald Trump's controversial immigration detention policy for migrant children from Central and South America. The Titanic Sinclair-directed vid ends with the words, “There are over 13,000 immigrant children in U.S. custody today. What if it was your kid?” Mensa spoke to The Daily Beast about the inspiration for the track.
"The song’s lyrics were inspired by ICE director Matthew Albence comparing the immigration detention centers to summer camps," said the 26-year-old Hip Hop artist. “I thought that was a crazy f*cking idea and wanted to create a world with this song that imagined that twisted alternate reality, where it was fun for kids to be held as prisoners, drinking out of toilets, away from their parents, and somehow enjoy it like one might at a summer camp.”
The Trump Administration recently faced backlash when it announced that child migrants in U.S. shelters would no longer receive English classes, recreational programs, and legal aid as a result of a supposed "dramatic spike” in unaccompanied minors at the southern border. Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security inspector general reportedly discovered "egregious" conditions at four ICE facilities in 2018. There have also been allegations of sexual abuse taking place in ICE detention centers.
Mensa's "Camp America" music video features Caucasian children in orange jumpsuits locked behind cages. He told The Daily Beast, "My intention for using white kids as opposed to minority children is to point out the blatantly obvious fact that this would never happen to white kids in this country or maybe anywhere on this earth."