A$AP Rocky attempted to do some damage control following recent comments on Black Lives Matter, but only succeeded in digging himself a bigger hole. In a candid interview with Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club, Rocky, 27, addressed the backlash he received for not supporting the campaign against police brutality and described the BLM movement as a "bandwagon".
The L$D rapper has also attracted fresh criticism for comparing himself to disgraced comedian Bill Cosby, who stands accused of sexually assaulting a succession of women.
The backlash began when an interview which Rocky, real name Rakim Mayers, conducted with Time Out New York in 2015 resurfaced. In the sit-down chat, Rocky said of the riots that sprang up following police killings: "I don't wanna talk about no f*****g Ferguson and s**t because I don't live over there. I live in fucking SoHo and Beverly Hills. I can't relate."
In an attempt to diffuse the latest spate of anger, Rocky told the Breakfast Club on Wednesday (20 July): "I just get upset, and what I was really trying to say there was, like... I hate when the bandwagon stuff start.
"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!"
The Black Lives Matter has spoken against the All Lives Matter tag, believing it detracts from the issue of black people dying at the hands of law enforcement. Continuing to defend himself, Rocky added: "The racism is real. I don't go to middle America cities. We're in the major markets. We don't know what it's really like for the people who go to work and come home every day... We don't know how they get along. What I see and try to promote is unity. It sounds cliché but n****s need love."
Later in the 40-minute interview, Rocky related his plight to that of Bill Cosby, who is in the middle of a sexual assault lawsuit from accuser Andrea Constand. The rapper said: "It's like with Bill Cosby. He did so much positive things leading up to one thing, [for] which he was [found] innocent for, by the way. People don't even speak about that, You get what I'm saying? All you remember is the 56 women and all that kind of s**t."
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Radio host Charlamagne Tha God challenged Rocky's viewpoint, stating: "That's a lot of women," to which the rapper replied: "Yeah, but he's a powerful man, you know what I'm saying? Look, I'm not his lawyer, but I do know he's innocent. In the eyes of the law, they said he's innocent. You get what I'm saying? So, nobody talks about that. You get what I'm saying? All we know is that he was accused, he allegedly raped however many
"In the eyes of the law, they said he's innocent. You get what I'm saying? So, nobody talks about that. You get what I'm saying? All we know is that he was accused, he allegedly raped however many woman he raped, which, you got, it's so much issues in the world, you know I'm saying?"
Rocky reiterated that he only wants to influence his young fans in a positive way. He said: "I want to inspire. I want promote peace, because at a time like this, I don't have all the answers. I'm not trying to run for Congress. I'm not trying to run for office. I don't have all the answers, you know what I'm saying?"
However, his latest interview has led to fans condemning his stance against the Black Lives Matter campaign. One tweeted: "Asap Rocky tried to go on the breakfast club and explain himself, he ended up lying and digging himself into a hole," while another said: "ASAP Rocky should have never done that interview, made himself look worse."
Another critic weighed in: "Asap Rocky's newest Breakfast Club interview is ignorant! He should have just said sorry," while another agreed: "I can forgive his political ignorance as a shallow overrated rapper. But Bill Cosby innocent? Come on man. Fix Up." Another commented: "ASAP Rocky trash for saying all lives matter. Face with no brains. Gotta go," and another said: "I had to stop that ASAP Rocky interview the moment he called Bill Cosby innocent."