Hip-Hop podcaster Adam22 was recently accused of sexual assault, and the accusations are continuing. The Twitter account @conortripler has made countless posts about Adam’s alleged misdeeds since the hip-hop influencer signed a deal with Atlantic Records. Adams’ No Jumper brand helped jumpstart the career of a who’s who of young acts, including XXXtentacion, Tekashi 6ix9ine. Many of those artists have been accused – and charged – with abhorrent acts against women, which makes it ironic that Adam is now facing similar accusations. He’s denied all allegations.
Pitchfork received accounts from two women which alleged that Adam forcibly raped them after meeting them on message boards. The story from a woman named “D” in the story has parallels with a previous narrative given by Adam – and an open letter that’s purportedly from her. The woman recalls Adam visiting her in Vancouver, when the following occurred:
“I was like, ‘No, just stop. I was pushing him off me and my hands were pushing him, really just, barricading my vagina with my hands. Like, ‘No, don’t go there, don’t put your fingers in there, don’t go anywhere there, I don’t want that.’ And then he’s 6’4″ and I’m like 5’3″. I was like 120 pounds if that. He easily had 100 pounds on me. When someone is that big and they have the ability to grab both your wrists with their one hand and pull your arms over your head, you can’t do anything.”
D says that she confronted him afterward, telling him she wanted to wait to have sex with him. She alleges that he told her to keep it a secret. She didn’t go to the cops, and continued to see him until late 2009, but says her actions came out of “fear.” “No one understands why people never went to the cops,” she told Pitchfork. “But when you’re in that moment, your first reaction is not, ‘Oh fuck, let me go to the cops!’ My first reaction was like, ‘My mom is never going to trust me again.”
Adam made blog posts about their interactions, which went into graphic detail about their sexual encounters – and posted several semi-nude pictures of her.
He wrote another archived blog post entitled The Time a Girl Accused Me of Rape about a sexual encounter with another woman, recounting that, “she was letting me touch her all over and was making out with me the whole time, but she didn’t seem like she was really enjoying it all that much.” The subject of the post, named “Jane” in Pitchfork’s story, told them the following:
At first I was OK with it, but quickly became uncomfortable as it went further than I wanted to go. I told him I wasn’t into it, but he didn’t stop and became pretty angry. Meanwhile, I’m not a big girl, I’m 5’4″ and Adam is well over 6’0″ and a pretty big guy. I was terrified and froze while he had sex with my basically lifeless body. I was too afraid to fight back in fear that he would hurt me, so I just laid there in terror.”
Jane later confided in someone about the alleged incident, who told Adam. Adam then took to a message board to deny the allegations. Years later, he made the blog post where he noted that, “how much a woman enjoys sexual activity is usually not highly correlated to how much fun I’m having though, so I didn’t give [her non-enjoyment] much thought.”
He also wrote that, “for most men, being falsely accused of rape is a horrible experience that can ruin their reputation, cost them thousands in legal fees and may land them in jail, but for me I would have to say that it was overall a very positive experience. Viva la fake rape.” Adam declined to comment for Pitchfork’s story.