(AllHipHop News) "They're not forcing me to do sh*t. 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*ck am I, Al Sharpton now? I'm A$AP Rocky. I did not sign up to be no political activist," A$AP Rocky is quoted saying in a 2015 interview with Time Out New York about the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
Fast forward four years, National Action Network founder Al Sharpton is now working to help A$AP Rocky with a legal situation overseas. The entertainer born Rakim Mayers was arrested in Stockholm, Sweden for assault after video footage of him allegedly engaged in a physical altercation went viral.
“Reports of the conditions in A$AP’s jail cell and violation of his consular visitation rights are concerning,” stated Sharpton. “We at National Action Network are appealing directly to the Swedish authorities for complete transparency and A$AP’s swift return home.”
The Baptist minister met with Mayers' mother, Renee Black, at the NAN offices in New York. Sharpton is requesting permission to visit the incarcerated rapper as a clergyman. Additionally, the civil rights leader is calling for members of Congress to also appeal to the State Department to intervene on behalf of A$AP Rocky.
Several notable Hip Hop artists - such as T.I., Travis Scott, Schoolboy Q, Nicki Minaj, Tyga, Jaden Smith, and Tyler, The Creator - have supported the #FreeRocky campaign. In contrast, public figures like Crissle West of The Read podcast have brought up Rocky's previous opinions about Mike Brown and the Black Lives Matter movement as a reason not to back him now.
As far as Rocky's 2015 comments about Sharpton and Ferguson, Rev. Al is willing to accept that the A$AP Mob representative is allowed to grow. He added, “The matter at hand is [what's] happening to A$AP now!”