Even if you’re not a major A$AP Rocky fan, you may have seen the video of him getting into a huge fight while visiting Stockholm, Sweden at the end of June. Since the incident occurred, A$AP was arrested, the video’s amassed thousands of shares on social media, fellow rappers are boycotting Sweden, and there are a bunch of worrying reports of him being held in an “inhumane,” “disease-ridden” facility, which is currently being disputed.
It’s all been really confusing, so here’s everything you need to know about the “F*ckin’ Problems” singer’s current legal drama and those solitary confinement rumors.
A week ago, A$AP shared a video of what looks to be the beginning of the June 30 altercation in Sweden with two other unnamed men and wrote this caption in all-caps:
“SO A FEW DRUG ADDICTS ARE NOT MY FANS , WE DONT KNOW THESE GUYS AND WE DIDNT WANT TROUBLE , THEY FOLLOWED US FOR 4 BLOCKS , AND THEY WERE SLAPPING GIRLS BUTTS WHO PASSED , GIVE ME A BREAK”
In another video, A$AP said one of the guys hit his security guard with a pair of headphones and kept following them. In the same video, a young woman came up to A$AP and his friends and said the guys did slap her and her friend’s butt.
And in another video, which A$AP didn’t share on his account, but was published by Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, it seems that A$AP and his crew got physical (though you can’t really see their faces in this one) with the men who were following them. As one Twitter user put it, they “yeeted this dude 10ft.”
After everything went down, A$AP reportedly went to the police station voluntarily to talk about what happened. TMZ reported that he was arrested “immediately” and that the American embassy wasn’t even notified, which is totally against protocol. It seems that around the same time, A$AP himself commented on his Instagram post saying, “IM INNOCENT” and “THEY TRYNNA ARREST ME OUT HERE NOW , SMH.”
Shortly after all that, a Swedish court ordered for him to be held for two weeks in a pre-trial detention because they think he’s a flight risk. He’s also been denied bail, according to Swedish paper Dagens Nyheter. That said, A$AP’s lawyer, Henrik Olsson Lilja, said the rapper is going to appeal the case, is not a flight risk, and would return to the country if he has to go to trial.
On Tuesday, TMZ reported that A$AP is being held in an “inhumane” and “disease-ridden” facility and is being forced to use a yoga mat as a bed. They also said he only ate one apple a day for the first five days he was detained. The outlet went on to claim that he’s located next to an inmate with mental health problems who throws feces, which isn’t cleaned up by the staff.
The rapper’s lawyer later denied this and said he’s only eating apples because he’s not hungry. However, A$AP’s manager, John Ehmann, confirmed many of these claims from TMZ’s sources. In his own Instagram post, Ehmann added, “The conditions of the facility are horrific and include 24/7 solitary confinement, restriction of amenities for the most basic of human functions, lack of access to life sustaining food as well as unsanitary conditions.”
Once people heard about what was going on, other rappers like Tyler, The Creator, Vince Staples, Schoolboy Q, T.I., and Post Malone took to social media to show their support for A$AP, and some even said they’re never going to Sweden again.
There’s also a Change.org petition calling for him to be “released from Swedish officials immediately.” More than 140,925 people have signed it
As of now, the Swedish embassy in Washington D.C. is involved, but it’s unclear what exactly they’re doing. According to A$AP’s lawyer, this legal battle has cost him $1 million so far and could “spell the end of his career.” If he’s convicted, he faces up to six years in prison. The trial is said to possibly take place in mid to late August.
A$AP Rocky Continues In Swedish Custody Despite Trump’s “Personal Guarantee”.
He’s the leader of the free world, a billionaire, and offered his personal guarantee in a phone call with the Swedish prime minister. But evidently that isn’t enough from Donald Trump for Swedish officials to allow bail for rapper A$AP Rocky, who stands accused of assault charges in that country.
After a Saturday phone call, Trump optimistically tweeted about a great conversation he had with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven concerning the case, saying he had “personally vouched” for the rapper.
“Just had a very good call with @SwedishPM Stefan Löfven who assured me that American citizen A$AP Rocky will be treated fairly. Likewise, I assured him that A$AP was not a flight risk and offered to personally vouch for his bail, or an alternative,” Trump tweeted.
In a second tweet, POTUS said the two sides had agreed to hold additional talks.
“Our teams will be talking further, and we agreed to speak again in the next 48 hours!”
But now there are fears that Swedish prosecutors may go harder on Rocky in an effort to show they can’t be influenced by the US government.
The Grammy-nominated Rocky, real name Rakim Mayers, has been jailed since July 2 after he and his entourage were accused of being involved in a street brawl in Stockholm on June 30. He was in the country to perform at a music festival.
Löfven will talk again with Trump this week, but has stressed that Rocky would not receive special treatment.
The president said he made the call because of requests from his wife and Kanye West, among others.
A$AP Rocky was taken by the police after voluntarily appearing at a police station for questioning in the incident, which was captured on video and widely shared. Rocky had claimed his group was attacked by “drug addicts.” He has not been formally charged yet. Police have until July 25 to bring charges.
StarZee features Edem on new song “Catch Fire”.
Sierra Leone Dancehall heavyweight, Star Zee, who featured Stonebwoy on a banger “Leader” is set to release another major tune dubbed “CATCH FIRE” which features the VRMG Boss Edem.
StarZee exclusively revealed to Remedi Entertainment that her yet to be released song is going to be one of the biggest tune to hit Africa and beyond.
“ It’s a song people can listen to and let the music do what it’s meant: to be steady, stay grounded and just take a minute to dance and feel good.”
CATCH FIRE is produced by StreetBeatz and serves as her first single of the year 2019.
It’ll be interesting to see how this fares on the charts given how solid the record is.
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New Music: Strongman – 21st Century [Prod By MikeMilzzOnEm]
Rapper of the moment Strongman is out with a new one titled 21st Century; Produced by MikeMilzzOnEm.
Pointing out how material things have become more prioritized than morality, Strongman takes a witty approach to the issue of money, fame and relationships in way he alone can.
Noted as the rapper who centers on content to entertain fans, He maintains his deep lyricism and craftsmanship will still fusing in some funny-filled expressions to keep the vibe still going on.
This comes off as a warmup for a tough scheduled line up of bangers and trendy songs to cloud the airwaves.
UGANDA: No Compensation For National Anthem Composer.
The Court of Appeal in Uganda has revoked a 50 million Ugandan shilling ($13 500) compensation previously awarded to the late George Wilberforce Kakoma for composing the Ugandan national anthem in 1962.
The decision to compensate Kakoma was made by high court judge Yorokamu Bamwine in 2010, after the composer had filed a case accusing the government of copyright infringement to the tune of 1 billion Ugandan shillings. Bamwine noted that the awarded amount would accrue an annual interest of 25% until the government settled the payment.
But Kakoma rejected the offer and took the case to the Court of Appeal where he sought 800 million shillings as compensation. According to NTV Uganda, justices Elizabeth Musoke, Hellen Obura and Fredrick Egonda-Ntende ruled on 15 July that the copyright to the anthem had expired in 2012, 50 years after it was composed. Kakoma died in April 2012.
The verdict also said that the anthem could now be used freely in the public domain.
A Ugandan copyright lawyer who spoke to Music in Africa on condition of anonymity said it was highly unlikely that Kakoma or his next of kin could have won the case.
“There are certain things that if you do not sort out before you pass on, then it becomes more complicated for those who might want to carry on, and this particular case is one of them,” the copyright lawyer said.
“When you are in court fighting for what you truly believe is yours, you need to explore different ways to resolve it and get your house in order before it’s too late. Kakoma was going against a state that had refused to sort out this issue since 1962 until the day he died. For it to be ignored for that long shows that the government had no sense of empathy. This is a huge lesson for Ugandans. ”
The lawyer said Kakoma’s widow, Mary Teresa Kakoma, could appeal the ruling but the case had "no political mileage" and therefore was of no interest to the government.
"The state will not pay much attention to it. The government only gives lip service to its heroes, most of whom are living in unspeakable conditions.”
Kakoma received 2 000 shillings for his composition in 1963, as a token of appreciation.
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