“I feel like, why put me on a pedestal for that, especially when I’m not asking for that?" A$AP Rocky asked during his appearance on The Breakfast Club on July 20. Rocky was a guest on the show primarily to address quotes he made in a 2015 Time Out New York interview in which he appeared to criticize Black Lives Matter. The quotes have resurfaced in recent weeks on social media, leading to a renewed wave of criticism for the rapper.
Speaking to host Charlamagne Tha God, Rocky claimed his comments last year came at a time when he was mourning the death of A$AP Yams. However, in attempting to clear the air he may have invited more criticism on himself. “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!”
Watch the full interview, which also sees Rocky compare the damage done to his reputation to what has happened to Bill Cosby, above.