In an interview with Time Out New York last fall, A$AP Rocky explained why he doesn't explore political topics in his music or interviews. That story resurfaced earlier this week—along with a flurry of the rapper's divisive quotes on topics of race and police brutality—prompting A$AP to defend himself on Twitter.
The Harlem MC's tweets were subsequently deleted, but in a larger interview with the Breakfast Club today, Rocky only reaffirmed his previous views: He urged that the Black Lives Matter movement is a "bandwagon" and that comedian Bill Cosby is "innocent" of all allegations claiming he's a serial rapist.
Rocky claimed that the public only cares about African Americans when police officers kill civilians. His quotes are synthesized via Pitchfork:
"I just, I hate when the bandwagon stuff start. 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!"
When pressed on the topic of being misunderstood, Rocky compared himself to Bill Cosby:
"I wanna start by encouraging everybody to think as individuals, like we said prior, like, you just read a quick little article and it’s, like, 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 woman and all that kind of shit."
To get back to Rocky's roots, here he is talking about something completely apolitical: Urban dirt biking.