A$AP Rocky has been getting a lot of heat over the last few days for comments made in a 2015 interview about his preference to avoid talking about social matters (specifically the Black Lives Matter movement).
When asked if he ever felt if he felt forced to comment after tragedies, he responded, “They’re not forcing me to do shit. I’m just gonna stay black and die. Why, because I’m black? So every time something happens because I’m black I gotta stand up? What the fuck am I, Al Sharpton now? I’m A$AP Rocky. I did not sign up to be no political activist.” He added, “I don’t wanna talk about no fucking Ferguson and shit because I don’t live over there! I live in fucking Soho and Beverly Hills. I can’t relate.”
Today, he took the time to respond to the criticism. Pointing out that the interview wasn’t recent, he conceded that the recent tragedies made him feel sick, but didn’t back down from his general sentiment that it isn’t his place to get involved in matters like this.
First, he tweeted, “If niggas wanna gas interviews from over a year ago be my guest, all this social injustice makes me fuckin sick, tho I’m still no politician.” Thirty minutes later, he added, “I know my statement seemed insensitive but the sad thing is u base ur thoughts of me off an interview from 2015 dat u never even fully read.”
He also tweeted, “Most of yalh r puppets who get ur life morals from a TL, in real life I actually change my niggas lives, 1st black man in history 2face Dior.” Then he added, “First yalh say I’m illuminati, the I’m gay, then say I don’t like darkskinned chicks in red lipstick, now I’m dumb n don’t care about blacks.”
Summing his thoughts up, Rocky also retweeted a fan’s comment that said, “I don’t think ASAP Rocky was trying to say he doesn’t care, I think he’s trying to say he’s a rapper not a political activist.”
See his full comments below.