A$AP Rocky’s case with Swedish authorities has spilled into traded rebuttals between representatives of each nation as the U.S. continues to mount pressure on the European country to free Rocky after the Harlem rapper landed himself in international hot waters. The case has continued to play out in one headline-grabbing moment after another, so it’s understandable that some details of case might get confused.
Except one newspaper outright confused the A$AP Mob figurehead with an entirely different rapper 11 years his junior.
Late Sunday evening (July 21), XXL Magazine posted a screengrab of a German newspaper article that seemingly appeared to confuse Rocky with SoundCloud rapper Tay-K on their official Twitter account. They re-shared the article sans a byline or the title of the publication who purportedly ran it.
The headline reads, “Trump offers to vouch for A$AP Rocky’s bail,” while the body of the article details President Trump’s recent proclamation over the weekend that he “offered to personally vouch” for the rapper’s bail. A photo of Tay-K, captioned “A$AP Rocky,” ran alongside the coverage. The reporting was pulled directly from the Associated Press, although the photo would have been selected by the newspaper’s staff.
Tay-K, born Taymore McIntyre, has been in the news lately due to his recent brushes with the law that may land him in jail. The 19-year-old rapper was found guilty of murder last Friday (July 19) and is awaiting to hear his sentence for other charges, including aggravated robbery.
Social media users are blasting the publication under XXL’s original tweet for the apparent fumble.
“I'm guessing nobody black works in the entire office,” one user commented.
“What’s new. They happens to think we are all the same. They probably don’t have one person of color in their editorial team,” another wrote.
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