By Annie Reuter
A$AP Rocky took some heat last year after several of his quotes from a Time Out New York article about the Black Lives Matter movement were taken out of context. Yesterday (July 20), he tried to clear up any misunderstanding about him and explain why he doesn’t want to be put on a pedestal or to speak about social injustice.
“I wanted to come here today and clear the airwaves,” he said during a radio interview. “That whole interview was taken out of context as far as what I said. I feel terrible as a black man, as an American . . . I don’t understand.”
However, in the process of explaining himself, he may have opened a new can of worms when he stated clearly, “all lives matter,” mirroring the words of those who oppose the phrase “black lives matter.” Rocky said that when he did the controversial interview with Time Out he was mourning the death of his best friend A$AP Yams, whose body was discovered January 18 after an accidental overdose.
“I just get upset, and what I was really trying to say there was, like, yo, I just, I hate when the bandwagon stuff start,” he said of Black Lives Matter. “I mean, how come, you know, black lives only matter when a police take ’em, when a police officer takes it? And it should be like, black lives, it should matter when a black life take it. You know what I mean? It should always matter. All lives matter!”
He added that he doesn’t want to be the voice of politics or the events going on in America, especially when he’s not there himself to witness them firsthand.
“I feel like, why put me on a pedestal for that, especially when I’m not asking for that?” he said. “I want to make music, I want to inspire, I want to promote peace. At a time like this, I don’t have all the answers. I’m not trying to run for congress. I’m not trying to run for office. I don’t have all the answers. I want to promote prosperity especially for black people, especially for young people, ambitious people, underprivileged. I’m not here to talk about supremacy.”
Watch the full interview below: