A$AP Rocky is fed up with claims that he wasn't really showing out for Los Angeles protests against police brutality and the murder of George Floyd. 😒
In a Twitter note shared earlier this week, Flacko asserted that he "PROTESTED N DEEZ STREETS" and "NOT 4 NO BRAGGIN RIGHTS OR PHOTO OPPS" after fans questioned the legitimacy of his activism once several photos of him posing in front of a gate with a graffiti tag reading "Fuck 12" surfaced online.
"WE PROTESTED N DEEZ STREETS, NO PRESS ,NO CAMERAS ,NO INSTAGRAM," he tweeted. "NOT 4 NO BRAGGIN RIGHTS OR PHOTO OPPS, SHIT WAS JUST GENUINE. 4 ONCE ITS LIKE DA WHOLE 🌎SHARED THE SAME PAIN, I DONT POST MY EVERY MOVE, NOT MY THING BUT WE FAR FROM SILENT N ITS STILL FUK12!"
Along with the shots of him in front of the graffiti came a slightly cringe video of him running up to the street artist and saying, "It's Flacko," before throwing up a middle finger for the camera.
These same photos and a couple of other portraits were also posted to the Instagram of his media-focused creative collective, AWGE.
Several commenters were quick to point out his hypocritical moves.
Naturally, some people even brought up his controversial comments made in a 2015 profile with Time Out New York regarding protests around the deadly shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
"So every time something happens because I'm black I gotta stand up?" he suggested. "What the fuck am I, Al Sharpton now? I'm A$AP Rocky. I did not sign up to be no political activist. I wanna talk about my motherfuckin' 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 fucking Ferguson and shit because I don't live over there! I live in fucking Soho and Beverly Hills. I can't relate. I'm in the studio; I'm in these fashion studios; I'm in these bitches' drawers. I'm not doing anything outside of that."
Earlier this year, Rocky explained what he meant with this opinion during an episode of Kerwin Frost Talks, saying that he used to believe it was "inappropriate" for him to speak on social issues that he never actively worked to improve. "It’s not sincere," he added. "It’s pretentious.”
Pointing to Ferguson, he also said that because "J. Cole went down there and he actually was on the news and he helped," he felt that "he deserved to rap about it."