Tuesday, May 24, 2022

A$AP Rocky Says ‘Everybody Good’ After ‘Fist Exchange’ in New Zealand

A$AP Rocky*It was previously reported that rapper A$AP Rocky engaged in a random, 3 a.m. brawl on a hotel elevator after performing in New Zealand last Wednesday night (02-24-16).

According to TMZ, Rocky was trying to ride his hotel elevator with a group of women – and his bodyguard – when three guys wanted take the lift too. When the men were refused entry, all hell broke loose.

Witnesses said the trio reacted by yelling “F*ck A$AP,” and punching him in the head and face. Police eventually broke up the scuffle and arrested one suspect. A$AP seemed unfazed by the incident, even taking to Twitter afterwards to slam media reports. He responded to the rumors on Twitter (Feb. 24) by posting: “ASSAULTED?,” he wrote, “N—AS GET SHOT EVERY DAY B, HA.”

Rocky has now followed up with another statement to the Associated Press about reports that he was ‘jumped’ in New Zealand. Rocky told the AP on Sunday that he was in a “fist exchange,” but that “We didn’t press no charges on nobody. They didn’t press any charges on us. Everybody good,” he said by phone. After the “fist exchange,” Rocky performed the same day at Auckland’s Vector Arena.

“The girls were fine,” Rocky said. “They were okay. No scratches on the ladies. Everybody is fine. I don’t understand why people are making a big deal out of it,” he said.

Born Rakim Mayers, A$AP Rocky released his debut album “Live. Love. A$AP,” in 2013 to critical acclaim, and it debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. In 2015, he released his second studio album titled “At. Long. Last. A$AP,” which also debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.

In July 2012, A$AP Rocky was arrested for beating a man in a New York clothing store, and two photographers who had been filming the altercation outside.

During a 2015 interview with Complex, Rocky made a compelling point about the distinction between being a rapper and an artist.

We talked about you being an artist before a rapper­—

­A$AP: There’s a difference. Let’s be clear on that.

Do you feel slighted when people call you a rapper?

A$AP: No, because that’s gonna happen. That’s what I do. But I feel like nowadays, the term “rapper” doesn’t mean anything honorable.

How so?

A$AP: When you walk through hotels in foreign countries, they assume you’re either an athlete or a rapper. It’s almost like: Rappers are becoming the new GED way out of things.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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1 COMMENT

  1. Why are most commercial RAPPERS such complete ignorant idiots???? Yeah I called him a rapper because that’s all he is. Saying stupid ignorant lyrics over a couple drumbeats, synths and stolen samples of someone else’s music makes you a rapper…not an artist.

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