A old interview from 2015 Time Out New York has resurfaced of A$AP Rocky saying he can’t relate:
An argument did arise, though, at Oxford University, when you said you didn’t want to get political in your music.
“I think speaking on a subject is fine but I don’t feel like I need to make songs off of it. If I felt like doing it I would. [That student’s] whole question was, “Why haven’t you [gotten political?” I’m like, B***, ’cause I don’t feel like it. Kendrick is doing that already. J. Cole is doing it already. Let them deal with that s***. I wanna talk about the f****d-up shit in my life. Not that f***d-up s*** I see on TV. Because I’m not there. How am I gonna talk about something I’m not helping? It’s f***d up. It’s a touchy subject.”
Do you ever feel like you’re being forced to address these issues?
“They’re not forcing me to do s***. I’m just gonna stay black and die. Why, because I’m black? So every time something happens because I’m black I gotta stand up? What the f*** am I, Al Sharpton now? I’m A$AP Rocky. I did not sign up to be no political activist. I wanna talk about my motherf***’ lean, my best friend dying, the girls that come in and out of my life, the jiggy fashion that I wear, my new inspirations in drugs!
I don’t wanna talk about no f*** Ferguson and s*** because I don’t live over there! I live in f**** Soho and Beverly Hills. I can’t relate. I’m in the studio; I’m in these fashion studios; I’m in these b***s’ drawers. I’m not doing anything outside of that. That’s my life.”