Rapper asks ‘How come black lives only matter when a police officer takes it?’
A$AP Rocky has criticised the Black Lives Matter movement as a “bandwagon” and says he believes Bill Cosby is innocent.
The rapper has been criticised in the hip-hop community for staying ublicly silent on the Black Lives Matter movement, which has raised awareness since unarmed civilians Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were shot dead by police this month.
Rocky told US radio show The Breakfast Club: “I hate when the bandwagon stuff starts. 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.”
He added: “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.”
In the 40-minute interview, Rocky added he believed Bill Cosby is innocent, despite a number of women saying they have been raped by the comedian. Rocky said: “He did so many positive things leading up to one thing, which he was convicted of being innocent for, by the way. People don’t even speak about that. All you remember is the 56 women and all that kind of shit.”
When Breakfast Club host Charlamagne Tha God pointed out that 56 women is a lot of women to make accusations against Cosby, Rocky responded: “Yeah, but he’s a powerful man. Look, I’m not his lawyer, but I do know he’s innocent. In the eyes of the law, they said he’s innocent. So, nobody talks about that. All we know is that he was accused, he allegedly raped however many woman he raped which, it’s so much issues in the world, you know what I’m saying?”