A$AP Rocky Reacts To Tems Oscars Dress During Rihanna Date

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 13: A$AP Rocky attends 2021 Tribeca Festival Premiere of "Stockholm Syndrome"at Battery Park on June 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images for Tribeca Festival)
A$AP Rocky couldn't stop laughing about Tems' over-the-top Oscars dress.

A$AP Rocky is the latest person to react to Tems’ viral dress that she wore to the Oscars. Though it marked a massive night for the singer, who was nominated in the Best Original Song category for “Lift Me Up,” which she co-wrote with Rihanna. Not many artists who’ve managed to break into the mainstream have earned a nod from the Oscars, so it came as no surprise that she went all out for the evening in an impressive dress that, unfortunately, appeared to obstruct the view of other attendees.

Though A$AP Rocky attended in support of Rihanna, he didn’t end up sitting behind Tems, fortunately. However, he did catch a glimpse of her dress, which he found quite funny. Paps pulled up on the Harlem-born rapper while out with his girl when they asked him about Tems’ dress. “Hey, people were pissed that Tems dress was blocking people’s views at the Oscars,” the pap asked Rihanna. Though she looked mildly unenthusiastic about responding, A$AP Rocky let out a hardy chuckle as he entered the vehicle. Clearly, he wasn’t upset about Tems’ choice as much as others were.

A$AP Rocky Amused By Tems Oscars Arrival

Though A$AP Rocky found the outfit amusing, Tems explained that she wanted to make a statement. She told Harpers Bazaar that she wouldn’t have donned such an attention-drawing dress a few years ago. However, it’s her first Oscars, so she wanted to make sure that she stepped out properly. “I am going to go all out. I really wanted to make the most of the day. The dress is also my way of celebrating my work and the people around me, celebrating my country, and celebrating the people that are rooting for me. This dress says, 'Yes, yes, I am here!'" She explained.

Tems came through with the outfit of the evening but that doesn’t mean A$AP Rocky didn’t show out, either. The self-proclaimed “Fashion Killa” donned a cream tuxedo blazer and black pants as Rihanna switched outfits throughout the night. At one point, Rihanna rocked a faux fur wrap with a green skirt before switching it up for the star-studded Vanity Fair party where she rocked a shiny two-piece outfit with a pink jacket. No word on Tems’ thoughts on Rihanna or A$AP Rocky’s outfit but there’s no doubt that she had everyone talking about her on Sunday night. 

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