In a September 2015 interview with Time Out New York, rapper and style trend-setter A$AP Rocky appeared to distance himself from the issues of police brutality, denounce the Black Lives Matter movement and run away from political activism at the surprise of his fans. Today, the rapper addresses those comments in an interview with Power 105.1’s “The Breakfast Club.”
This tweet from user phreshoutofdebt shows a snippet of the rapper’s comments from the 2015 interview:
asap rocky cancelled. ungrateful rat. i'm disgusted pic.twitter.com/bORhTuLdHb
— ️ (@phreshoutofdebt) July 15, 2016
The comments drew the ire of his fans and supporters, which compelled the rapper to speak out.
In the interview with “The Breakfast Club,” A$AP Rocky says his words and the entire interview were taken out of context.
“I feel terrible as a Black man and as an American,” he states.
The rapper goes on to say that other rappers are not asked to focus their music on political issues.
“I want to promote peace. I don’t have all the answers. I’m not trying to run for Congress or political office. I don’t have all the answers. I want to promote prosperity — especially for Black people.”
He adds that he can feel the racial tension from being overseas and coming back home. The recent killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile made him pensive and reflective.