ASAP Rocky in January 2012, performing at the Corona Theatre in Montreal, Canada.
Also known as
October 3, 1988
Harlem, New York City, New York, U.S.
Rapper, producer, fashion designer
ASAP Worldwide, Polo Grounds, RCA, Sony
ASAP Mob, Danny Brown, Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q
Rakim Mayers (born October 3, 1988), better known by his stage name, ASAP Rocky (stylized as A$AP Rocky), is an American rapper. He was born and raised in the New York City's Harlem neighborhood, he is a member of the hip hop collective ASAP Mob, from which he adopted his moniker.
Rocky released his debut mixtape Live. Love. ASAP in 2011 to critical acclaim. His debut album Long. Live. ASAP was released on January 15, 2013, and was also well received by critics and debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200.
Born in 1988, Mayers was named after the hip hop legend Rakim, one half of the Eric B. & Rakim duo. When he was 12 years old, his father went to jail in connection with selling drugs. A year later his older brother was killed near his apartment, which inspired him to take rapping seriously. Mayers, who had started rapping at age eight, grew up admiring Harlem-based rap group The Diplomats, and also lists among his influences UGK, Three 6 Mafia, Mobb Deep, Wu-Tang Clan, Run DMC and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. After living in a shelter with his mother, and elsewhere around Manhattan, Mayers moved to Elmwood Park, New Jersey.
He signed a record deal with Sony Music Entertainment worth $3 million, with $1.7 million for his solo work and $1.3 million to fund his company ASAP Worldwide, along with A&R and executive producer Steven Rodriguez, known as ASAP Yams. Rocky said that he sought a "bigger platform" for him and his collective with the deal. His first studio album planned to be under the deal, but
it allowed him to continue releasing mixtapes through RED Distribution. Fellow rapper and ASAP Mob member ASAP Ferg, also signed a joint venture deal with Rocky's same labels, RCA and Polo Grounds, who released his single "Work", for retail on iTunes, and later announced an official remix featuring Rocky and Trinidad James.
In 2013 he released his ASAP clothing brand, and went to collaborate with high-profile fashion designer and close friend Raf Simons.
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