A$AP Rocky Addresses His Disconnect with the Black Community
When A$AP Rocky was asked if he felt like he was being forced to address issues in the African American community, this was his response:
“What the fuck am I, Al Sharpton now? I’m A$AP Rocky. I did not sign up to be no political activist. I wanna talk about my motherfuckin’ lean, my best friend dying, the girls that come in and out of my life, the jiggy fashion that I wear, my new aspirations in drugs! I don’t wanna talk about no Ferguson shit because I don’t live over there!”
Ain’t that shit crazy?! This was in September of last year but A$AP claims he misspoke and was misquoted by Eve Barlow, a journalist over at TimeOut.com.
In a recent interview he says he wasn’t living in America while Ferguson was a headliner. He was living in London, he says, hence his hesitance to address the issue.
It’s evident that Rocky isn’t oblivious to racial injustice, poverty, or urban issues, he just chooses to address them in his own way. A$AP references his most recent album and how he speaks about the African American struggle growing up. He said his team is compiled of a lot of young Black men who may or may not have graduated from high school but are focused on their craft.
According to Rocky, J. Cole an Kendrick Lamar address touchy, social issues best. A$AP says he’d like to talk about what he’s going through, for him.
What chu think? Was the initial quote misconstrued and taken out of context? Or is he selfish? Could he use his platform and influence to speak up for those who can’t be so easily heard?
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