That boomerang effect about things coming around and coming back around called karma says in its dictionary meaning “intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of that individual (effect).” If you’re of the ilk that hold a steadfast belief in that principle, I wonder what you feel about the following quote. Made in TimeOut New York in 2015, rapper A$AP Rocky said of the Black Lives Matter Movement/Mike Brown murder, “Why would I feel compelled to rap about Ferguson? I’m not about to say that I was down there throwing rocks at motherf’ers, getting pepper-sprayed. I’d be lying. Is it because I’m Black? What the , am I Al Sharpton now? I’m A$AP Rocky. I did not sign up to be no political activist. I wanna talk about my motherf’in’ lean, my best friend dying, girls, my jiggy fashion and my inspirations in drugs. I live in fucking Soho and Beverly Hills. I can’t relate. I go back to Harlem, it’s not the same. It’s a sad story. I gotta tell you the truth. I’m in the studio, I’m in fashion houses, I’m not doing anything outside of that. That’s my life. These people need to leave me the _ alone.” Ironic how in July 2019, some of the very folk chided to leave him alone placed their signatures on a Change.org petition pleading for the release of Rakim Mayers, Rocky’s government name, from a prison cell in Stockholm, Sweden. He’s being held while under investigation for assault. Mayers reportedly faces up to six years in prison if he is convicted. As Mayers begins his third week imprisoned his plight has suddenly become of such import that United States president #45 has pledged to help in garnering a release.
So where do we stand? Do we cheer aloud as some have on social media about an elitist getting his comeuppance or do we stand with a brother wronged by a global institution that seems to find African diasporas males as fodder for the penal system.
While listening to the “People’s Party with Talib Kweli” radio show, rapper T.I provided a balanced perspective. “If you look for an excuse to not support someone when they need your support, you never would have supported them anyway,” T.I. says. “Do I agree with his statement? Hell naw, the sh*t was stupid. But, his stupid statement ain’t gonna keep me from being the stand-up guy that I am and supporting what I know is right in my heart. Now, when we get him here, we can talk to him about that at that point and see if he feels the same way. I highly doubt he will.”
While the duration of performances in the European leg of his tour are cancelled, A$AP Rocky has a major homecoming to look forward to. The multi-city music festival Rolling Loud has announced the lineup for its first-ever event in New York City. The festival, which takes place Oct. 12 and 13 in Queens’ Citi Field, features a killer hip-hop lineup, headlined on the latter night by Rocky. Other headliners for the festival include hometown heroes Wu Tang Clan, fest staple Travis Scott, and Meek Mill. Additional performers slated for the festival include Juice Wrld, Playboi Carti, Pusha T, Megan Thee Stallion, and Rico Nasty. Tickets to Rolling Loud go on sale Friday, July 26, at 10 a.m.
Over and out. Holla next week. Til then, enjoy the nightlife.