Saturday, September 18, 2021

ASAP Rocky Reflects on Arrest in Sweden, Addresses His Controversial Black Lives Matter Comments [WATCH]

*During a recent conversation with Kerwin Frost, ASAP Rocky dished about his jail time in Sweden. The rapper was on lockdown for over a month in the country after his involvement in a street brawl that was caught on camera.

While imprisoned, Rocky says his friends kept him updated with what the public thought about his situation, including those who suggested he deserved to be in jail due to the comments he made in the past about Black Lives Matter.

“I thought I addressed that in the past and to be in jail hearing people still trying to stir up some weird sh*t,” Rocky said during the interview, at the 52:52 minute mark of the clip above, via Complex

“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 continued. “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, personally, if I’m in SoHo or I’m here I can’t even talk on that’… That’s appropriating. … It’s not sincere. It’s pretentious.”

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ASAP Rocky with Kerwin Frost
ASAP Rocky with Kerwin Frost

Following the rapper’s arrest in Sweden, a Change.org petition was launched, urging Sweden officials to release the artist, but as it began circulating, people on social media recalled a 2016 interview where Rocky seemed to distance himself from the tragic events in Ferguson, Mo. and the Black Lives Matter movement.

“Why, because I’m Black? So every time something happens because I’m Black I gotta stand up? What the fuck am I, Al Sharpton now? I’m A$AP Rocky. I did not sign up to be no political activist,” Rocky was quoted as saying in a July 2016 interview with The Breakfast Club. “I don’t wanna talk about no fucking Ferguson and sh*t because I don’t live over there! I live in fucking Soho and Beverly Hills. I can’t relate. I’m in the studio; I’m in these fashion studios; I’m in these bitches’ drawers. I’m not doing anything outside of that. That’s my life.”

Days after the interview went viral, he attempted to clarify his comments during on Power 105’s The Breakfast Club.

“I just get upset, and what I was really trying to say there was, like, yo, I just, I hate when the bandwagon stuff start,” he said. “I mean, how come, you know, Black lives only matter when a police take ’em, when a police officer takes it? And it should be like, Black lives, it should matter when a Black life take it. You know what I mean? It should always matter. All lives matter!”

Elsewhere in his interview with Frost, Rocky noted how advice from Meek Mill helped him put properly process the jail situation in Sweden. 

“I think what happened was real unfortunate. Wrong place, wrong time type shit,” he said. “I was talking to Meek, I was talking to a few people and they were like ‘It goes to show you that even with money that shit can happen to you.’ That experience just had me in jail thinking like ‘Was I wrong? Damn, maybe I am wrong. Damn, maybe it is my fault.’ You be in solitary confinement for so long.”

Scroll up and hear him tell it via the clip above.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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