ASAP Rocky has a new documentary out, ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ which details the month he spent in a Swedish prison and all the ensuing drama.
In 2019, the rapper was arrested and tried for assault after him and members of his crew got into a fight with two men in Sweden.
Six days after the flight, on July 5, 2019 to be precise, the Swedish court declared Rocky a flight risk and ordered him detained while police investigated the fight, Rolling Stone reports.
While in prison, ASAP Rocky was informed that the president at that time, Donald Trump had taken up his case.
“I’m sleeping in my halfway dream. I heard my name. I kind of opened my eyes and closed my eyes again and then they said my name again. And I opened my eyes and I’m like, ‘Yo, what the f*ck?”
The “they” Rocky is referring to is former President Donald Trump, who said:
“Many, many members of the African American community have called me — friends of mine — and said, ‘Could you help? So I personally don’t know ASAP Rocky but I can tell you that he has tremendous support from the African American community in this country … I have been called by so many people asking me to help ASAP Rocky.”
In the film, Rocky responded, “Aw sh*t!.. Look like I might do a bid.”
The “so many people” that Trump was referring to was Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
Kim Kardashian appeared in the documentary and revealed that she and then-husband, Kanye West, informed Trump of Rocky’s situation.
“Rocky and Kanye have been friends a long time and I’ve been doing a lot of justice reform and bill reform with that administration, So I was compelled to reach out to the White House and call my contacts over there to see what we can really do.”
After his time in a Swedish prison, Rocky received a suspended sentence from the Swedish court, and was allowed to fly home.
Several reports alleged that Trump was upset that ASAP Rocky and his team did not reach out to thank him for his support.
In a 2019 Yahoo! report, Trump surrogate, Darrell Scott said he told Rocky’s management that all he wanted was a thank you.
“The White House didn’t ask for anything. There were no conditions attached, but my condition … was that all I’m asking for you guys to do is say thank you.”
At the tail end of the film, Rocky admits that he felt Trump’s involvement made things a little worse.
“It was a chess move and they tried to strong arm a lot. “n reality, I had no problem saying thank you to the man, especially if he helped me. That’s the narrative they pushin’: That he got me out. And he didn’t free me. If anything, he made it a little worse.”
The film which has no official release date was directed by Architects and premiered Sunday night at the Tribeca Film Festival.