Music, Pop Culture

Why hasn’t A$AP Rocky gotten the memo that women aren’t trash?

I think it’s time we called it quits.

Oh, Rocky.

You dropped your sophomore album At.Long.Last.A$AP. (A.L.L.A) on Tuesday, and I thought “hey, cool.” I wasn’t particularly excited (Long.Live.A$AP was okay at best), but I was hopeful. Maybe A.L.L.A. would have another track like “1Train” on it– instead, you served us some straight-up misogyny.

The song in question appears fourteen tracks into the album, titled “Better Things.” The lyrics are as follows:

“I swear that bitch Rita Ora got a big mouth,

Next time I see her might curse the bitch out,

Kicked the bitch out once ‘cause she bitched out,

Spit my kids out, jizzed all up in her mouth and made the bitch bounce.”

Are you bragging about kicking out your girlfriend because she “bitched out?”

Is that how rappers get “street cred” nowadays, abuse? Eminem did that from the ‘90s-’00s, and he hasn’t been relevant since 2009. The shock value we used to get from such outright misogyny in music has now (rightfully so) become one of outrage. We don’t get the same rush from violent, sexist lyrics the way we used to (hey, remember when everyone thought this song was hilarious?)

And then, Rocky, you were given a chance to redeem yourself on BBC Radio 1, where you were asked to elaborate on the lyrics.

So cute, you thought we legitimately wanted to hear more of your misogynist garbage, so you replied: “I’m just saying that when I was in a relationship and I did things with her that I wasn’t supposed to do, she had a big mouth.”

Ignoring the already-terrible “big mouth” comment, what the actual fuck do you mean when you say “did things with her that [you weren’t] supposed to do?” Why would you say that? Who the hell is your PR person???

Then, for some reason, someone let you onto Sirius XM, where again you were asked about the Ora lyrics. And you started off by…assuring us that the song is old? Three times in a row? The exact quote is this:

“First off, this song, it’s old. It’s an old song. It’s one of the older songs on the album. But what I will say is, I got into a lot of trouble over her at times when I didn’t need to. She caused a lot of grief. So at that time, for me, it was just like… You know, for me, I said what I said.”

Sure, Rita Ora might have caused you “a lot of grief,” but that doesn’t mean you’re innocent, Rocky. You literally bragged about kicking her out on the song in question, repeatedly referred to her as a bitch, described intimate situations that you two were in, and publicly (and violently) called her out in a song. Rita may be a strong woman, but that would cause anyone grief.

Rocky, let’s be honest, you’ve never been perfect. But you’re fairly talented, you’re handsome, you’re wealthy. Oftentimes, talented, good looking, rich men forget that their actions have consequences. I want to fix this. I really do. But I think it’s time we called it quits.

Your brand was never built on shock value, why must you take the Marshall Mathers route? Why must you air out your dirty laundry in such a scummy, public way? (Again, that’s very Eminem of you).

We’ve outgrown Eminem, grown tired of his immature bullshit, and soon enough, that’ll be you.

You’re a gross misogynist, and that’s your fuckin’ problem.