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A$AP Rocky Finally Addresses His Insensitive Past Views on #BlackLivesMatter

A$AP Rocky Finally Addresses His Insensitive Past Views on #BlackLivesMatter

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Published July 16th

As the saying goes, what's posted on the Internet is there forever, and A$AP Rocky was a living testament of this as a controversial interview he did just a year ago has resurfaced, and folks aren't happy about his remarks.

In the MC's 2015 interview with Time Out, he spoke candidly on the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, touching on if he feels obligated to use his position and status to speak on issues that affect the Black community. His response was considered both insensitive and rude.

"They're not forcing me to do s**t. I'm just gonna stay Black and die," he said. "Why, because I'm Black? So every time something happens because I'm Black I gotta stand up? Who the f**k am I, Al Sharpton now? I'm A$AP Rocky. I did not sign up to be no political activist... I don't wanna talk about no f*****g Ferguson and s**t because I don't live over there! I live in f*****g Soho and Beverly Hills. I can't relate."

The question that prompted his spirited tirade was in reponse to previous comments he made during a discussion at Oxford University in 2015. When also asked about expressing his political opinions in his music, he said, "Not everybody should be like Kendrick or talk about political things just to stand out."

Today, a year later, in wake of the recent shootings of two more unarmed Black men, Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, Rocky is addressing the hate, and seems to have somewhat of a change of heart.

He also tweeted, "FUK ALL THESE COPS KILLIN THE URBAN YOUTH DEM, N FUK ALL YAHL N****S FOR DICK RIDIN ON BASH ROCKY DAY, LMAO, UNTIL NEXT TIME TWITTER."

Do you think the rapper's been enlightened?

Watch Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg explain why Black Lives Matter in the BET Breaks video, above.

Written by Moriba Cummings

(Photo: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

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