Published Jul 21, 2016A$AP Rocky has come under fire recently for comments he made in an interview with Time Out New York last year, in which he rejected using his celebrity status as a means of political activism.
"I wanna talk about my motherfuckin' lean, my best friend dying, the girls that come in and out of my life, the jiggy fashion that I wear, my new inspirations in drugs," he said at the time. "I don't wanna talk about no fucking Ferguson and shit because I don't live over there! I live in fucking Soho and Beverly Hills. I can't relate."
In an attempt to smooth things over, the rapper appeared for an interview on The Breakfast Club yesterday (July 20). Rather than restoring his reputation, though, A$AP Rocky further inflamed critics with some new comments.
He started off by saying that the previous interview quotes were taken out of context and that he feels "terrible" as a proud black man in America. When asked to clarify what he had been trying to convey in Time Out New York, the hip-hop star explained that he didn't want to be put on a pedestal as a political pundit since he wasn't "trying to run for congress." And when the discussion moved to the shooting of Alton Sterling, Rocky expressed his deep sadness and said: "I hope people don't think I'm invincible."
Over the course of the new interview, though, he also labelled Black Live Matters as a "bandwagon" movement. "I hate when the bandwagon stuff start," he said. "I mean, how come black lives only matter when a police take 'em, when a police officer takes it? … It should matter when a black life take it. You know what I mean? It should always matter. All lives matter!"
After uttering the controversial phrase — which many have accused of detracting from the Black Lives Matter message — he went on to share another unpopular opinion.
Comparing himself to Bill Cosby (as a celebrity whose entire legacy could be tainted by one particular media narrative), he then declared his support the disgraced comic.
"I wanna start by encouraging everybody to think as individuals," he said. "Like we said prior, you just read a quick little article and [that becomes] my whole legacy. I could do things, and it's just like with Bill Cosby. He did so much positive things leading up to one thing — which he was convicted of being 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 shit."
Host Charlamagne tha God pushed back saying, "That's a lot of women."
"Look, I'm not his lawyer, but I do know he's innocent," Rocky replied. "In the eyes of the law, they said he's innocent. So, nobody talks about that. All we know is that he was accused, he allegedly raped however many woman he raped, which… You got so much issues in the world, you know I'm saying? After we get off the topic of police brutality on the urban kids and the youth and all that, then you gotta talk about poverty, and after poverty you gotta talk about — the issues never stop."
Apparently neither does misspeaking in interviews. Watch A$AP Rocky's interview on The Breakfast Club below.