A$AP Rocky went on The Breakfast Club this morning (July 20) to clear the air about his wild comments in an interview last year with Timeout about Black Lives Matter. With the recent police violence and protests, the comments resurfaced and the Harlem native has taken a lot of flak. But he said that his words were “taken out of context.”
“I feel terrible as a black man, as an American,” he said, alluding to the ongoing police violence and turmoil that has rocked the country in recent weeks.
When Angela Yee asked him if he was misquoted or if he misspoke, the 27 year-old admitted that it was a mixture of both.
“What I was really trying to say was that most artists don’t speak abut that, and when you have journalists asking you ‘how come you didn’t speak about the Baltimore riots’ or ‘how come you didn’t speak Ferguson,’ and it’s continuous question after question, it gets agitating,” Rocky, who was recently named the new face of Dior’s fall campaign said. “I didn’t ask for that kind of responsibility. But I wake up everyday as a proud black man. I know what type of person my parents raised.”
He went on to share that during the interview, he was emotionally upset because his best friend had just died, and pointed out that every time he drops an album, someone close to him passes away—his pops on his debut and his friend on his sophomore effort. In the end, A$AP said he doesn’t have all of the answers, but he definitely cares about the movement.
“I don’t have all the answers,” he admitted. “I’m not trying to run for congress. I’m not trying to run for office. I want prosperity for black people… I think I need to speak up right now. Especially seeing that video with Alton Sterling, that was sad man, that touched me the most.”
Watch the full interview with A$AP Rocky in the video above.