A spicily-written eviction complaint filed in Chicago on Tuesday afternoon accuses Grammy-nominated rapper Vic Mensa of failing to pay the $2,000 monthly rent bill for his Bronzeville apartment. The action claims Mensa, real name Victor Mensah, owes his landlord $8,340 in rent and late fees.
Representing the landlord, attorney George Georgopoulos’ complaint liberally contrasts the lavish lifestyle Mensa presents online with the rapper’s alleged inability to pay rent for four months.
In fact, the filing says when the landlord’s representative hand-delivered a five-day notice of non-payment to Mensa on July 6, “Mena was standing next to a bright yellow Chevrolet Corvette sportscar.”
“After being served with the 5 Day Notice, Vic Mensa posted an Instagram video of himself getting into the 93 Boyz Corvette while holding 5 Day Notice in his hand,” Georgopoulos wrote in the filing, which he emailed to CWBChicago on Friday evening.
The complaint claims Mensa has 781,000 Instagram followers, 336,000 Facebook followers, and a music video with Kanye West viewed more than 20 million times on YouTube.
“Surprisingly,” Georgopoulos adds, “despite displaying a luxurious lifestyle on the social media platforms, where he’s often seen traveling around the world, flying in private jets, driving expensive cars, wearing expensive jewelry such as an 18 karat gold presidential rolex, he is delinquent on meeting his financial obligations of paying rent to his Landlord … for the unit that Vic Mensa continues to live in without paying rent.”
“In Vic Mensa’s song ‘X-games’ he has a lyric that states ‘You let me in, then resent me like a roommate that don’t pay rent.’ Ironically, the parallel between the song’s reference and his current situation is striking,” Georgopoulos snaps.
“Vic Mensa needs to understand that under the law, if you don’t PAY, you can’t STAY.”
The complaint says Mensa rented the apartment in the 3900 block of South Indiana in September 2020 for $2,100 a month, but his rent was cut to $2,000 in January 2021.
TMZ reports that Mensa “stopped paying rent, because he no longer lived there” after a man was charged with burglary for entering his apartment in March.
“Vic thinks the landlord failed to take adequate security measures around the building despite numerous requests, so he moved out immediately after that incident,” the celebrity site said.
Around 9:25 a.m. on March 8, a man wearing a camouflage jacket, jeans, and a tophat entered an apartment in Mensa’s building without permission, prosecutors said during the accused man’s bail hearing the next day. Presumably, the apartment was Mensa’s, but officials did not publicly identify him.
A woman who lived in the apartment, presumably Mensa’s girlfriend, called police to report the incident. Prosecutors said she told officers that she yelled at the man, who became startled and fled.
Another resident of the building reported that the same man tried to enter their apartment in recent weeks, too, but they didn’t file a police report about it, prosecutors said.
Cops arrested the suspect at a nearby homeless shelter. In addition to residential burglary, he is charged with failing to register as a sex offender.