In a controversial interview, the rapper also proclaims Bill Cosby's innocence

By Derek Lawrence
July 20, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT
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During a wide-ranging interview on Wednesday, rapper A$AP Rocky made a plea for peace, while invoking the controversial All Lives Matter movement and also Bill Cosby.

“I want to inspire. I want promote peace, because at a time like this, I don’t have all the answers. I’m not trying to run for Congress. I’m not trying to run for office. I don’t have all the answers, you know what I’m saying?” the 27-year-old said during an interview with The Breakfast Club on Power 105, adding he often gets frustrated when journalists ask him about his public silence on the Black Lives Matter movement.

“I hate when the bandwagon stuff starts,” A$AP Rocky added. “How come black lives only matter when a police officer takes it? It should matter when a black life takes it. It should always matter. All lives matter.”

Rocky came under fire last year for an interview, where he voiced his frustration over being expected to take political stands. “So every time something happens because I’m black I gotta stand up? What the f— am I, Al Sharpton now? I’m A$AP Rocky,” he told Time Out New York. “I don’t wanna talk about no f—ing Ferguson and s— because I don’t live over there! I live in f—ing Soho and Beverly Hills. I can’t relate.” Portions of the interview resurfaced this week on social media.

On Wednesday, A$AP Rocky said the quotes were taken out of context, but that he didn’t want to comment on those issues because he “wasn’t there.”

He added, “The racism is real. I don’t go to middle America cities. We’re in the major markets. We don’t know what it’s really like for the people who go to work and come home everyday. …. We don’t know how they get along. What I see and try to promote is unity. It sounds cliché but n—-s need love.”

Later in the interview, which lasted more than 40 minutes, A$AP Rocky mentioned his legacy being tarnished by the comments, and brought up Bill Cosby as an example. “He did so much positive things leading up to one thing, which he was convicted of being innocent for, by the way,” he said. “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 s—.” (

One of the show’s hosts, Charlamagne tha God, interrupted by adding, “That’s a lot of women.” Rocky then responded by saying, “Yeah, but he’s a powerful man, you know what I’m saying? Look, I’m not his lawyer, but I do know he’s innocent. In the eyes of the law, they said he’s innocent. You get what I’m saying? So, nobody talks about that. You get what I’m saying? All we know is that he was accused, he allegedly raped however many woman he raped, which, you got, it’s so much issues in the world, you know I’m saying?” (Cosby has been accused by more than 50 women of sexual assault, but until last year, he had not been charged with a crime. In December, Cosby was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004; in May, a judge ordered that Cosby’s case go to trial.)

“All Lives Matter” rose up in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, but has been criticized for misinterpreting what Black Lives Matter hopes to accomplish by many, including President Barack Obama. “I think the reason that the organizers used the phrase ‘black lives matter’ was not because they were suggesting nobody else’s lives matter,” he said last year. “What they were suggesting was, there is a specific problem that is happening in the African-American community that’s not happening in other communities. And that is a legitimate issue that we’ve got to address.”

Watch the rapper’s full interview above.

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