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A$AP Rocky Addresses His Controversial Black Lives Matter Comments Again

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In 2016 when the Black Lives Matter movement reached a fever pitch, rapper A$AP Rocky made several comments about the movement and the protests in Ferguson, Missouri stirring up plenty of controversy throughout the Black community. During an interview, he rudely declined to address the situation in Ferguson following the shooting of Mike Brown saying “Why would I feel compelled to rap about Ferguson? I’m not about to say that I was down there… I’d be lying. I live in fucking Soho and Beverly Hills. I can’t relate.” His words drew widespread criticism with many labeling his comments “anti-Black.” 

Over the years A$AP has tried to clarify his comments, much to no avail. His comments came back to haunt him last year while he was imprisoned in a Swedish jail for months with many on the internet wondering if his unjust jailing will change his opinion on BLM. 

In an interview with YouTuber Kerwin Frost, he claimed to be surprised that people were still speaking on his comments from years ago. “I thought I addressed that in the past and to be in jail hearing people still trying to stir up some weird shit… in those old interviews, I used to say ‘I think it’s inappropriate for me to rap about things I didn’t help with… I felt like when it came to Ferguson, J. Cole went down there and he actually was on the news and he helped. I felt like he deserved to rap about it. So when someone [asked] me that in 2015 I’m like: ‘I just feel, personally, if I’m in SoHo or I’m here I can’t even talk on that’… That’s appropriating. … It’s not sincere. It’s pretentious.”

Whether his latest clarification helped thaw his years-old comments over remains to be seen. Check out his interview with Kerwin Frost below.

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SZA, Megan Thee Stallion and Normani on the Cover of Rolling Stone’s Women Shaping the Future Issue

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Rolling Stone magazine hit us with a trifecta of talent for their second annual, Women Shaping the Future issue, out March 3. 

On the cover, sweet-faced Normani, brash in your face Megan Thee Stallion and innocent, doe-eyed SZA are each clad in leather ensembles that match the unique persona’s we’ve come to love. 

SZA burst onto the scene in 2014 with her ep debut, Z. Since then, the singer/songwriter has been featured on chart-topping songs with Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, and Rihanna. 

Megan Thee Stallion grabbed our attention with her summer anthem, Hot Girl Summer, and has been giving us “Hot Girl” vibes all year long with no signs of slowing down.

As for Normani, formerly a member of Fifth Harmony, she’s given us plenty to celebrate as she embarked on her solo career. Just last year, the sultry vocalist collaborated with DJ Calvin Harris and released her first single, Motivation, along with a viral music video.

As we approach Women’s History Month, we’re excited to learn more about how each of these ladies plans to shape the future. 

According to Rolling Stone, “In addition to revealing, in-depth profiles of these three artists, the issue also contains exclusive interviews with Regina King, Stacey Abrams, Natasha Lyonne, and other prominent women in entertainment, sports, politics, and culture.”

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A Boogie Talks Artist 2.0, Roddy Ricch & more on TIDAL’s Car Test Series

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Following the release of his third studio album, “Artist 2.0,” A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie joins TIDAL CCO, Elliott Wilson, for a new episode of TIDAL’s Car Test. Riding through the City in a USSV Rhino GX, the multi-chart topping artist discusses his approach to making music and opening up in his songs, his respect for Roddy Ricch, using his “performance voice” in the studio and more.

Fans can watch the episode on TIDAL.com/CarTest

TIDAL is more than just a music streaming service, with in-depth interviews and original content, fans can dive deeper into the passions, inspirations and life events that have helped shape some of their favorite artists today.

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