“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.”
A$AP Rocky made this quote last fall in a controversial interview with Time Out New York, explaining his lack of involvement in political issues. Now, in an attempt to clear the air on The Breakfast Club, he may have made things worse.
As Pitchfork points out, Rocky begins by telling the radio hosts his quotes were taken out of context in an interview where he was still wracked with grief from the death of A$AP Yams. He also argues why he should be expected to address politics when other rappers (“[Young] Thug, Future, Drake”) aren’t held to the same standard.
“I feel like, why put me on a pedestal for that, especially when I’m not asking for that? You know what I’m saying? I wanna make music. I wanna inspire … at a time like this, I don’t have all the answers,” he said.
He also criticized Black Lives Matters supporters’ focus on police murders saying “I hate that bandwagon stuff.”
“How come, you know, black lives only matter when a police take ’em, when a police officer takes it?,” he said. “It should matter when a black life take it. You know what I mean? It should always matter. All lives matter!”
Later, in arguing that the Time Out interview overshadowed his positive achievements, Rocky compared himself to Bill Cosby, saying that despite the “positive things” Cosby did, “all you remember is the 56 woman and all that kind of shit”.
The uncomfortable moment was finally broken by Breakfast Club host Charlamagne Tha God: “That’s a lot of women.” The comment caused Rocky to shift to defending Cosby’s innocence.
“Look, I’m not his lawyer, but I do know he’s innocent. In the eyes of the law, they said he’s innocent,” he said. “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 then shifted the conversation to talk about doing acid in SOHO and how it helped him to recognize the closed-mindedness of his upbringing in the hood.
“Some people are just really oblivious … they’re products of their environments,” he said.
Watch the full interview below.