People close to the 30-year old rapper, born in Harlem as Rakim Mayers, allege he has been languishing away in a Swedish prison in solitary confinement, while prosecutors decide whether to charge him with assaulting a pestering fan at the end of June 2019.
While prosecutors argued for A$AP Rocky to remain confined for two weeks to complete their investigation, which the courts approved, Rocky has relayed that he can barely eat, drink or even breathe inside the place of his confinement.
First, he is housed in a cell next to a mentally challenged cellmate who defecates on himself and then throws it all over the place, which no one ever cleans up.
Secondly, A$AP has been subsisting only on an apple a day because he told his camp the food is unfit for human consumption.
Lastly, and equally important, A$AP’s team accuses the Swedish government of being in violation of the Vienna Convention for Consular Relations that both the U.S. and Sweden signed back when the Kennedy brothers ruled the White House.
According to the 1961 agreement, when a foreigner like Rocky has been arrested and jailed, he has a right to to be visited by an official at the U.S. Consulate. According to Rocky, when that official tried to visit him the first time, he was denied access. Rocky’s team believes the Swedish government did not want that official to see the conditions inside the facility.
When the consulate official was granted access two days later, a Swedish jail official followed along refusing to allow the two to meet in private. Rocky believes this was an intimidation tactic.
Because of these and other reported horrid conditions, fellow musicians like Tyler, The Creator, ScHoolboy Q and others have vowed to stay out of the country until Rocky is released. Travis Scott chanted for Rocky’s release during the Wireless Music Festival in London where Rocky was scheduled to attend over the 4th of July weekend.
The hashtags #freerocky and #freeasap have been trending on social media.