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[Photos by: Good Charlotte/Nick Prezioso, Vic Mensa]

Vic Mensa has announced the debut record for his project 93PUNX with a new song “it’s a bad dream” featuring Good Charlotte. 

The self-titled effort, executive produced by blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, will drop on August 23. 

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The record will have 14 tracks and also feature Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, Francis and the Lights, and Bad Brains’ H.R.

You can listen to the new track “it’s a bad dream” featuring Good Charlotte here or below. 

Prior to this announcement, 93PUNX teased what looks like a music video for the track. The clip will join two very politically-charged videos he’s released from the project so far.

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93PUNX dropped “3 Years Sober” where Mensa turns every verbal weapon in his arsenal on racism, homophobia and women’s issues.

The video begins with the rapper-turned-punk in front of a mirror. There, Mensa dresses in drag complete with a frock brandishing the Confederate flag.

Between fighting a Mike Pence lookalike over birth control, getting slurs marked across his face and being arrested thanks to a gang of BBQ Becky lookalikes, he holds nothing back in his clear shot at American social issues.

You can see that video below. 

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Prior to that, 93PUNX dropped their first song “Camp America.”

The video comments on the current situation involving immigrant children being held in U.S. custody. It features Mensa in ICE gear and showing white children in cages. It depicts the “family detention” centers being used by the U.S. These centers are filled with thousands of children who were separated from their families at the border.

The video shows children in jumpsuits dancing around and playing while not realizing they’re being tortured and held in captivity.

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“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,” Mensa told The Daily Beast. “Although the nature of the actions the kids were involved in were graphic or shocking, it was all taken from actual occurrences reported at ‘detention’ centers.”

He continued to discuss the actual children portrayed in the video.

“All of the children’s parents were present and the children were really smart and understood the political statement being made—they wanted to be a part of it. Nothing about this is about shaming white children; it’s about showing that this simply would never happen to white children.”

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“The science has shown that early childhood trauma (like being ripped from your mother’s arms) has devastating effects on the development of a child,” he adds. “That’s why I made the song.”

The lyrics are just as gruesome as they blatantly call out the current situation involving the migrant children in custody.

“We’ll be living it up, not giving a fuck/Splitting you up, then we put you in cuffs/Then we shipping you off, yeah, you could get lost at Camp America,” the lyrics read. “Take your clothes off baby, let me see what you got/We can have a good time if you’re legal or not/Its an ignorant, arrogant, terrorist, heritage/You can finally be an American.”

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The chorus repeats, “I wanna have the best summer ever,” which Mensa explained the inspiration behind.

“The song’s lyrics were inspired by ICE director Matthew Albence comparing the immigration detention centers to summer camps,” Mensa said. “I thought that was a crazy fucking 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 video ends with a message that reads, “There are over 13,000 immigrant children in U.S. custody today. What if it was your kid?”

You can see the full video for yourself below.

What do you think of the newest 93PUNX song? Sound off in the comments down below!

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