After dropping one of the most controversial videos of the year (at least as far as fashion is concerned), "Multiply," A$AP Rocky is finally breaking is silence on the Hood By Air and Been Trill diss heard 'round the internet. If we're to believe that Rocky's telling us the whole story, his decision to go up against HBA isn't as salacious as you might think.
At last night's Dior-sponsored Guggenheim International Gala he told The Cut, "You know, fashion, it changes. Your perception of fashion sometimes changes, one day is red, the next day is blue. My style changes, it varies." But we could have sworn he and Shayne Oliver were BFFs and telling The Cut, "I birthed [HBA], so I can kill it" definitely seems like fighting words (ones we've heard before, BTW).
Neglecting to elaborate much further, Rocky said simply: "It is what it is. HBA s*** is weak" and "[Been Trill] s*** is whack, too." OK, got it.
But he didn't stop there. The MC went on to compare the harassment he received when he first started wearing high-fashion ~fashun~ to—erm—the civil rights movement. Yes, really.
In his words, "I’m going to put it to you like this, I can say that I’ve been scrutinized for my fashion since I was about 15 years old. A lot of people got it easy. I feel like I had to go through the whole civil rights movement just to be comfortable, to make other people comfortable, to be able to wear what they want to wear, and a lot of dudes are just claiming to have it without having to have that sacrifice or suffering through all that kind of s***. We’ve been through that kind of s***. That’s all I can really say about it. It is really miniscule. It’s no real beef."
Been Trill's Heron Preston responded to "Multiply" on Instagram, almost immediately after the video's release and in surprisingly celebratory fashion. HBA's Shayne Oliver gave a comment to WWD, saying, "I know Rocky personally, I saw him and we were fine. I haven’t brought it up, even." Rocky's short Q&A rounds out the trio, and while we're left with as many questions as we've started, at least now, all parties have finally weighed in—in one way or another—on the situation.