That was my first thought when someone asked me if I'd heard about the ASAP Bari incident
For those who don't know, ASAP Bari is (as his name implies) one of the founding members of the ASAP mob. He's perhaps most notable for starting a successful clothing line Vlone and more recently striking a deal with Nike.
So what is this incident I speak of? Well about two weeks ago, an online video is released of him pulling a naked girl out of a hotel room bed and delivering the line "you fucked my assistant now you're going to suck my dick". Add this to the soundtrack of the girl's very audible "No. No stop it"
Now the only reason I'm writing about this is because it seems like no one knows or is talking about it. Granted this might be because like me, most of my circle doesn't know who ASAP Bari is so perhaps this is my way of holding him accountable in a wider circle. I wrongly co-predicted that this story would blow up. One because of the ASAP name, and two because the woman in question is white. Sadly, if she was black I don't think anyone would have batted an eye but that's another story altogether.
It shouldn't surprise me anymore, but what is it with men in power abusing said power and hush hush getting away with it? I know the story is still playing out but it's so disappointing to see a black man who is seemingly doing cool things and making big gains for a community so often overlooked, go and make such stupid and disrespectful choices. Especially considering the strong women he claims taught him to respect everyone.
I didn't know who ASAP Bari was before this whole thing happened-- but that's because I'm so far from current and live under a Patrick Star pop culture rock sometimes. However considering this is my first introduction to him and given the ASAP name he flies under, it definitely paints the mob in a not so hot light. If anything I'm curious to see how this pans out. And to see whether the companies he's formed relationships with will act accordingly. Which will come out on top: Coolness or Morality?
So what does the ASAP mob think of this anyway? Earlier this month at the Agenda trade show in Long Beach, the most commercially successful member ASAP Rocky went ahead and edited some lyrics in his performance calling ASAP Bari a bitch. A week and a half later they were reportedly seen leaving FYF festival in Downtown LA together.
Keep your friends close, but keep your rapists closer I guess