The Harlem rapper released his second studio effort ‘At. Long. Last. A$AP’ in May, with album track ‘Better Things’ including the lyric: “I swear that bitch Rita Ora got a big mouth. Next time I see her might curse the bitch out. Kicked the bitch out once cause she bitched out. Spit my kids out, jizzed up all in her mouth and made the bitch bounce”.
The lyric was widely criticised, with Rocky previously commenting on the matter: “I just want to clarify, this isn’t me saying: People don’t go listen to Rita Ora, or she’s an ugly person, or nothing. I’m not saying she’s a terrible person, I’m just saying that when I was in a relationship and I did things with her that I wasn’t supposed to do, she had a big mouth.”
Speaking in this week’s issue of NME, available digitally and on newsstands now, the hip-hop star has now attempted to explain.
“I thought it was going to be like the ’90s and people would let art be art,” Rocky said.
“You know, when you had Eminem saying all types of shit he didn’t have to explain that shit in interviews or on the radio or on camera or shit. People just said what they said and you had to listen to the next song to hear how they felt.”
Quizzed on whether he understands why people find the lyric sexist, the rapper replied: “No, not at all. I think it’s a misunderstanding. When I talk about an experience I’ve had with a woman, I’m talking about an experience. That’s that. I don’t go around saying women are just hos. Do I think they’re less of a person compared to a man and the human race? No.”
Rocky continued: “I’m 26 and people try to pressure me to be like this role model. I’m not no role model because I’m not perfect. I’m only human. When you ask a guy who’s 26, who’s been famous for barely three years, really, and who lost his father and his best friend and Robin Williams in that whole time period… I look at life like I need to be having motherfuckin’ orgies!”
‘At.Long.Last.A$AP’ is the follow-up to 2013 debut ‘Long.Live.A$AP’ and features guest contributions from Kanye West, Miguel, Rod Stewart, Schoolboy Q, Lil Wayne and more.
The ‘At.Long.Last.A$AP’ tracklisting is as follows:
‘Holy Ghost’ (feat. Joe Fox)
‘Canal St.’ (feat. Bones)
‘Fine Whine’ (feat. M.I.A., Future & Joe Fox)
‘Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2’
‘Electric Body’ (feat. Schoolboy Q)
‘Jukebox Joints’ (feat. Kanye West & Joe Fox)
‘Max B’ (feat. Joe Fox)
‘Pharsyde’ (feat. Joe Fox)
‘Wavybone’ (feat. Juicy J & UGK)
‘Westside Highway’ (feat. James Fauntleroy)
‘M’$’ (feat. Lil’ Wayne)
‘Everyday’ (feat. Rod Stewart & Miguel)
‘Back Home’ (feat. Mos Def, Acyde & Yams)