A$AP Rocky dissed Rita Ora in the lyrics to one of his songs. Following a backlash, he tried to explain himself.
A$AP caught heat for Better Things. A song in which he name dropped and slut-shamed Rita.
Here are some of the lyrics to Better Things:
I swear that b**ch Rita Ora got a big mouth
Next time I see her might curse the b**ch out
Kicked the b**ch out once ’cause she b**ched out
Spit my kids out, j*zzed up all up in her mouth and made the b**ch bounce.
Fans noted, he was MUCH harder on Rita than previous flames that included Iggy Azalea and Chanel Iman (well… except the bragging he did about being with Iggy).
Asked by Annie Mac for BBC Radio 1 what he was thinking when he put together those lyrics, A$AP tried to explain.
But he doubled down and came off worse!
In short: he did something wrong by cheating on another woman with Rita. Rita told people about the affair privately. Rather than own up to wrongdoing too, A$AP degraded Rita in song. PUBLICLY.
A$AP explained: “I got in trouble [cheated], that’s what I’m gonna say. When you get in trouble with women, I’m quite sure everybody can put two and two together. I got in trouble. I wasn’t supposed to be doing things with [Rita], I got in trouble. Put it like that. And she got me on purpose.”
“It’s girly stuff,” he added. “But you know, at the end of the day, listen, I don’t have nothing against her. It’s not like I said, ‘She’s a terrible person and don’t go listen to her music,’ and stuff like that. I said what happened and yeah.”
He continued the non-apology tour on Sway in the Morning.
Host Sway Calloway asked, “Why… ’cause I like Rita Ora. What happened?”
A$AP clarified, “I do too! 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.”
“It was an old track. That was one of the joints… I recorded before [collaborator Steven “A$AP Yams” Rodriguez] passed that I knew he really loved. Now, if you asked me another question, like, maybe I should’ve muted her name? Maybe I should’ve. But at the time, that’s how I felt.”
“I’m starting to feel bad about it,” A$AP admitted. Why? “‘Cause everybody keep laughing and s**t, and it’s just like one of those situations where it is funny — it’s the truth but I don’t wanna make it seem like I’m out here just degrading all women and **t and I’m a pig.”
“At the end of the day,” he said, “I’m a man, I’m 26, I have fun, I ain’t perfect, I am what I am. But I’ma be real. If I feel something in private, I’m gonna say it in public. [I’m not a] sexist or something like that. Or somebody that just degrades women, because that’s not the case. At all.”