UPDATED 7/22, 10:10 a.m. ET: ASAP has reportedly said race was not an issue in his arrest and subsequent detention, according to TMZ. The outlet reports the rapper has made it clear to all those who have been in contact with him that authorities didn't detain him because he is black.
Sources have said that if ASAP and his legal team make an argument based on racial bias, the case would be dramatically altered, resulting in "disaster." Swedish officials have been adamant that they do not discriminate, which means if Rocky suggested otherwise, it would likely prompt aggression from the prosecutors and potentially the judge.
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He made his comments after TMZ published an article titled "A$AP Rocky Treated Way Differently Than White Rapper."
"This is the sad truth," G-Eazy wrote. "The difference between me and Rocky’s treatment in Sweden brings to mind two concepts that disgustingly go hand in hand: white privilege and systemic racism. Let's call it what it is. He should not be behind bars right now. My heart goes out to @asvpxrocky."
The pair previously collaborated on the remix to G-Eazy's "No Limit" track.
This is the sad truth...The difference between me and Rocky’s treatment in Sweden brings to mind two concepts that disgustingly go hand in hand: white privilege and systemic racism. Let's call it what it is. He should not be behind bars right now. My heart goes out to @asvpxrocky pic.twitter.com/PHDrKsfiUF
The When It's Dark Out rapper was arrested in Stockholm, the same city in which Rocky was arrested, last year. G-Eazy faced charges of assault, possession of drugs, and use of narcotics, but was allowed to hammer out a deal with prosecutors less than 48 hours later. He plead guilty, was sentenced to probation, and ordered to pay fines. "Grateful & blessed to be free & safe. Happy to be in Copenhagen tonight doing what I love most," G-Eazy wrote on IG after he was released. "Embarrassed & apologetic beyond words about the incident, but above all I’m so fucking grateful they let me go, craziest experience of my life, awful night with a lot of bad luck and some even worse decisions but like I said I’m grateful as fuck to be a free man, back on tour performing for the fans."
On the flip side, Rocky, who is also being suspected of assault (nothing drug-related) has been held in jail for two weeks without being officially charged as authorities "investigate."
Swedish Ambassador Karin Olofsdotter recently spoke to TMZ Live about Rocky's case and said that black people are "more than welcome to Sweden."
Jada Pinkett Smith also commented on TMZ's initial article. "Hold it ... G-Eazy got to strike a deal a day and half after possession of drugs and assault charges??? But you’re holding Rocky," she wrote on Twitter. "We got the message loud and clear Sweden. Trust me ... we got it."
Hold it ... G-Eazy got to strike a deal a day and half after possession of drugs and assault charges??? But you’re holding Rocky. We got the message loud and clear Sweden. Trust me ... we got it.
Just spoke to @KanyeWest about his friend A$AP Rocky’s incarceration. I will be calling the very talented Prime Minister of Sweden to see what we can do about helping A$AP Rocky. So many people would like to see this quickly resolved!