Rapper A$AP Rocky Pleads Not Guilty After Photog Brawl

7/23/2012 5:30 AM PDT

Rapper A$AP Rocky insists he didn't try to rob the photogs who snapped pics of him last week -- pleading "not guilty" to 2nd degree robbery in NYC.

TMZ broke the story ... Rocky, real name Rakim Mayers, was busted last Thursday with his rap crew buddy A$AP Bigga Bar$ after the two got into a scuffle with a couple amateur photographers -- and allegedly tried to take some kind of items from the guys.

Rocky and A$AP Bigga Bar$ -- real name Sheldon Jabari -- pled not guilty on Friday.

They both have a court date this Wednesday.