Written by: Evena Adams
If you are at all familiar with music and entertainment, then the name A$AP Rocky should ring a bell to you. A$AP hit the industry in 2011 when he debuts his mixtape, Live. Love. A$AP, and with the success of the mixtape it led to a record deal with Grounds Music, RCA Records, and Sony Music Entertainment. A$AP was able to record his debut album, Live. Love. A$AP, where it debuted at number one on the billboard charts. From there A$AP has directed music videos for himself and others, as he is a noted record producer. One would say that A$AP has been really beginning to make a name for himself with his work.
Now lets fast forward to just a few years ago when things began to really heat up with black Lives Matter, a group which is a chapter-based member led organization whose mission is to build local power and to intervene in violence inflicted on black communities by the state and vigilantes. Well, if you remember back in 2016 A$AP attempted to clear the air following a re-emergence of a controversial interview. Don’t remember? Let me remind you. Back in 2015, an interview with A$AP and Time Out New York resurfaced where the rapper appeared to be unbothered about the police brutality against African Americans. The rapper was on record saying:
“I don’t wanna talk about no fucking Ferguson and shit because I don’t live over there. I live in fucking SoHo and Beverley Hills. I can’t relate.”
The uproar and backlash that the “pretty motherf*cker” received from the black community was tremendous.
He even tried to clarify his views with an interview with the New York hip-hop show the Breakfast Club. However, the words with his initial interview had already been reposted and commented on for the world. There was no taking it back. Many were upset because regardless of where you live your skin is black and some see Police violence as an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us. Sadly, there are many more that think like A$AP that if it isn’t happening, to me or near me, it is no concern to me.
Recently, Flacko has been arrested in Sweden and well, well, well, looks like the black community took to twitter in response to NOT supporting the rapper. One tweet read “I don’t care about A$AP being arrested in Sweden, I don’t live there.” Which many found relatable with the number of retweets it received.
A$AP Rocky has been seen on video of him getting into a huge fight while visiting Stockholm, Sweden at the end of June. Since the incident the rapper has been arrested, the video has had thousands of shares on social media, as well as, some rappers boycotting Sweden on his behalf. However, some of the very fans feel that A$AP has turned his back on the black community people, and they have decided to do the same during his fight for freedom. The public trial has just begun, and it has been shared that he just wants justice and nothing else. I do not know about everyone else, but I intend to stay engaged with his trial to see if “justice” is what the rapper gets.