A$AP Rocky Clarifies Why He Refused To Rap About Ferguson: That’s Appropriating, It’s Not Sincere
A$AP Rocky’s previous comments about Black Lives Matter have resurfaced again.
This time, it’s because the rapper seemed to defend his controversial comments.
In 2015, A$AP Rocky made controversial comments about Black Lives Matter, specifically discussing Ferguson, Missouri, the city where black teen, 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer.
A$AP Rocky told Time Out New York, back then,
“Why would I feel compelled to rap about Ferguson? I’m not about to say that I was down there throwing rocks at motherf—ers, getting pepper-sprayed. I’d be lying. Is it because I’m black? What the f—, am I Al Sharpton now? I’m A$AP Rocky. I did not sign up to be no political activist. I wanna talk about my motherf—in’ lean, my best friend dying, girls, my jiggy fashion and my inspirations in drugs. I live in f—ing Soho and Beverly Hills. I can’t relate.”
The following year, he told The Breakfast Club,
The whole interview was taken out of context.
“I feel like why put me on a pedestal for that, especially when I’m not asking for that? I want to make music. I want to inspire. I want to promote peace because, at a time like this, I don’t have all the answers. I’m not trying to run for Congress or office.”
Nearly five years later, he appears to be doubling down on his comments. He spoke with Kerwin Frost in an interview published Sunday (Jan. 5) and addressed people bringing up the controversial comments when he was in jail in Sweden after being charged with assault.
“I thought I addressed that in the past and to be in jail hearing people still trying to stir up some weird s—. What I will say though is in those old interviews I used to say ‘I think it’s inappropriate for me to rap about things I didn’t help with.”
He also spoke on other rappers like J. Cole going to Ferguson to pay respects.
“I felt like when it came to Ferguson, J. Cole went down there and he actually was on the news and he helped. I felt like he deserved to rap about it. So when someone ask me that in 2015 I’m like I just feel like personally, if I’m in SoHo or I’m here I can’t even talk on that… That’s appropriating and that’s what everybody do. That’s like seeing a homeless person on the street, whipping your camera out and giving them food. It’s not sincere, it’s pretentious… It’s just some fake s— to do just cause for the sake of seeming like a certain type of person. I’m still not wrong for that.
The only part that I was wrong at was that, when I my case, ther ewere people that never been to Sweden, there were people who have never been to Harlem, there were people that don’t know A$AP Rocky, but was still empathetic to my situation… and was vocal ,and helped my situation. So I was wrong, and being in my cell thinking about that…”
See it at the 53:15 mark.
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