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A$AP Rocky (born Rakim Mayers, 03.10.1988)
A$AP Rocky is an American rapper.
Childhood: A$AP Rocky was born in Harlem, New York City and brought up around Manhattan, including living in a shelter with his mother, before moving to Elmwood Park, New Jersey. His father was jailed for drug offences when he was 12. His brother was killed near his apartment when he was 13. This experience and his growing up made him want to go into rapping as a career. He started rapping at 8-years-old, inspired by the likes of The Diplomats, Mobb Deep, Wu-Tang Clan, Run DMC and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.
Musical career: A$AP Rocky was part of a hip hop collective in 2007 called the A$AP Mob. The acronym has a variety of meanings including 'Always Strive and Prosper', 'Assassinating Snitches and Police' and 'Acronym Symbolizing Any Purpose'. In 2011, a compilation of his YouTube hits entitled 'Deep Purple' was released by a Parisian fan. Soon afterwards, his single 'Peso' was leaked and ended up hitting the Hot 97 New York radio station as well as charting on the US R&B chart. He was approached by various record labels after unveiling a music video for his track 'Purple Swag' and soon released debut mixtape 'Live. Love. ASAP' which got him signed with RCA Records and Polo Grounds Music. In December of that year, he became a nominee for the BBC's annual 'Sound of 2012' poll. In 2012, he opened for Drake on his Club Paradise Tour alongside Kendrick Lamar. He later also performed at Pitchfork Music Festival. In that year, his A$AP Mob associate A$AP Twelvyy was accused by Rocky's former collaborator SpaceGhostPurrp (of Raider Klan) of attacking Raider Klan's Matt Stoops and Space subsequently made a YouTube video to show he was severing ties with the A$AP collective. He later alleged that they were copying Raider's style and stole some of their lyrics. Before an expected appearance on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon', he was arrested for fighting a 21-year-old in Manhattan and subsequently didn't appear on the show until a month later. In September, he made a guest appearance at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards during Rihanna's song 'Cockiness (Love It)'. He released his debut album 'Long. Live. ASAP' in 2013 with his UK charting track 'Goldie' as the lead single. The album reached number 1 on the US Album chart as well as the R&B and Rap charts and even the UK R&B chart. His other works include the mixtape 'Lord$ Never Worry' which he worked on with A$AP Mob and released as a free download.
Personal Life: A$AP Rocky was arrested in 2012 after attacking a man in a clothing store in New York as well as two members of the paparazzi who filmed the incident. He was later charged with assault and robbery because he tried to snatch the photographers' cameras. His charges were later changed to the lesser crime of attempted grand larceny and the assault charge was dropped.
A Rocky attending the 2016 LACMA Art + Film Gala honoring Robert Irwin and Kathryn Bigelow presented by Gucci held at LACMA in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 30th October 2016
San Bennett picks his top albums of 2015
10. Jack Danz - Ouija Slang
Jack Danz is one third of Defenders of Style, leading exports of the West Yorkshire hip-hop scene (alongside Joe Snow and Prys) who also dropped their excellent The Death Of Meaning album this year. The producer/rapper released his debut solo LP Ouija Slang through Sheffield based independent label Bad Taste Records. The vivid imagery, hard-hitting eclectic production and a vast array of quotable punchlines (e.g. I'm in the club getting lifted like the world cup) make Danz's album one you can constantly revisit and repeatedly enjoy.
9. BlabberMouf - Da BlabberMouf LP
Dutch MC BlabberMouf's 2015 solo album is a breath of fresh air. It's rare that a rapper can sound so authentically nineties. Da BlabberMouf LP sounds as if it was recorded back in '95, and has been lost to the world until now. With a rapid delivery, raw energy and quality production, BlabberMouf spits with a unique charisma that sets him apart from the competition. European hip-hop is often overlooked, but this LP is one of the most impressive releases in a year dominated by quality American and British rap music.
Continue reading: Sam Bennett's Top 10 Hip Hop Albums Of 2015
It does sound like something that involves a lot of arm flailing, but in actual fact Clockenflap is Hong Kong's biggest and best music festival.
What is it?
Hong Kong's music scene isn't exactly world famous, but Clockenflap has been doing a solid job of putting it on the map for the past eight years and 2015 is no different. With the biggest artists to date and record breaking sales it's definitely growing on the international calendar as one to watch. It takes place between Friday the 27th and Sunday the 29th of November in the West Kowloon Cultural District.
Why it's great?
Other than the fact that you've got that movie scene skyline as a backdrop you mean? Okay then. Well, first of all shows in Hong Kong are polite, like organised circle pit polite. Second, it's not too big yet. Granted the site of Worthy Farm is as big as all of Hong Kong it was never going to be quite that big, but if Hong Kongers are good at anything then it's utilising space and not an inch is wasted here with art installations, stages and plenty more packed in. Third, there's no camping and as if that wasn't enough there's no mud either! Hell, it's probably at least a balmy 24 degrees outside. Did we mention you couldn't camp even if you really, really were looking forward to spending three days in piss wet through stinky tent with a snorer?
Continue reading: A Guide To Clockenflap 2015
The annual awards show takes place this Sunday (August 30th).
Demi Lovato and Pharrell are among the names just announced as performers at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. The event, which takes place on Sunday (August 30th) will be held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California and hosted by Miley Cyrus.
Demi Lovato has been announced as performing at this year’s VMA’s.
Six performers were announced for the ceremony on Tuesday; Pharrell, Demi Lovato, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, A$AP Rocky, Twenty One Pilots and Tori Kelly. They will join The Weeknd who was previously announced as performing hit single, ‘Can’t Feel My Face’.
Continue reading: Demi Lovato And Pharrell Among Performers For This Years MTV VMAs
Malcolm Adecombi is not having such a good time in high school. He's constantly bullied for being a geek, as are his best friends Diggy and Jib. But things aren't about to get any easier as he approaches college. He's determined to get the best grades possible and hopefully go to Harvard, but a sexual awakening, a desire to be seen as cool and his love of music might just get in the way. Living in the tough suburb of The Bottoms in Inglewood, California, there's a lot of underground gang and drug crime happening, nonetheless when he is invited to a secret party he is determined to go and prove himself. As bad luck would have it, hitting up an illegal gathering can only see his life go from bad to worse, and when he inadvertently gets caught up in some serious trouble, he has to do some hard thinking to get himself out.
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Stewart and Corden sang along to some of the legendary rocker’s biggest hits during the L.A. drive, including ‘The First Cut Is the Deepest’ and ‘Da Ya Think I’m Sexy’.
Rod Stewart was the latest companion for ‘Late Late Show’ host James Corden on Tuesday night’s edition of carpool karaoke. The talk show host and the singer indulged in some of Stewart’s most famous hits during the car ride, which also featured a special appearance from rapper A$AP Rocky.
Rod Stewart joined James Corden for carpool karaoke on the ‘Late Late Show’.
Opening with Stewart’s the ‘The First Cut Is the Deepest’ Corden quizzed the singer on the most memorable ‘rock 'n roll moments’ of his storied carrier. Staying pretty coy Stewart simply answered, "There's been so many. Just drinking and a shagging and a drinking and a shagging. Smashing up hotel rooms.”
New Look Wireless Festival drew to a close last weekend, with over 70 acts performing across 3 stages, all in celebration of their 10th birthday.
Kicking off proceedings on the Friday was ASAP Rocky, who performed tracks including Goldie and Excuse Me. The performance was uninspiring and lacked engagement with the audience, leaving festival goers in anticipation for headliner Drake.
Drake took to the stage, after cancelling last year's headline appearance due to illness, and was definitely worth the wait being a standout 90 minute performance. The Canadian rapper was appreciative of the Wireless crowd claiming London was his 'second home' before being joined by local MC Skepta for track Shutdown.
Continue reading: Wireless Festival - July 3-5 2015 - Finsbury Park, London Live Review
There's a lot to look forward for Wireless' 10th anniversary event.
New Look Wireless Festival is returning to Finsbury Park, following last year's success at the North London venue, celebrating its 10th birthday this year. The 2015 line-up is set to be the biggest yet with headliners Drake, Avicii and David Guetta playing to the 40,000 a day capacity festival.
For the first time, Wireless festival goers expect to see karaoke, a tone 'n' tweak area and plenty of choice in the food court. In celebration of their 10th birthday though, here are Wireless' best acts to see across the line up from this weekend.
'How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful' is Number 1 in the UK and the States at the same time, only the ninth album this decade to do so.
Florence Welch may be recovering from a broken foot, but she’s got even more good news to make her feel better, as the third Florence + The Machine album has entered the American charts at Number One, her first record to reach the summit in the States.
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful sold 137,000 copies in its first week on sale to debut at the top spot in the Billboard 200 albums chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan. As a result, Florence is one of the few artists who have managed to top the American and British albums charts at the same time – the ninth act to do so in the 2010s and the first since Ed Sheeran’s X last year.
Florence Welch is celebrating being Number 1 in the US and the UK at the same time
Continue reading: Florence + The Machine Scores First U.S. Number 1 Album
A$AP Rocky's journey since his 2011 mixtape 'Live. Love A$AP.' release has been remarkable. The internet buzz his debut release attracted, as well as the hype surrounding the rest of the A$AP Mob collective, has transpired into a successful business enterprise, music career and a hoard of faithful fans. Rocky's 2013 debut album, 'Long. Live. A$AP.' featured collaborations with the likes of Skrillex and Florence Welch amongst a selection of other MCs, and showed that the New York MC was far more than just the standard rap artist. I must confess that, while always respecting the grind of Rocky and the rest of the A$AP crew, the music was never too much of a draw for me. 'At. Long. Last. A$AP.' changes that. Released following the untimely death of A$AP Yams, a huge source of inspiration and guidance for the duration of Rocky's musical endeavours, the album feels like a real celebration of just how far the group's work has taken them.
Rocky starts the album off with 'Holy Ghost', which has a rich and full instrumental, produced by Danger Mouse, laced with electric guitars. The album's opener also marks the first appearance of Joe Fox, a British singer who appears five times on 'At. Long. Last. A$AP.' 'Canal St.' follows, and the pounding beat, courtesy of Hector Delgado, and cocky lyrics make for an early standout. The track features Bones, a Muir Beach California rapper who has been steadily gaining the attention of music fans via his internet presence. Recent single 'L$D' is another highlight, and showcases a side of A$AP Rocky I haven't heard before, with outstanding results. The relaxed vibe of the track, along with an effective and emotional vocal performance from Rocky make for an impressive cut. The 26-year-old MC delivers tight flows throughout, evident on 'Excuse Me', as he rides the beat confidently, as well as dropping a memorable hook.
A$AP Rocky enlists Kanye West for a feature on the outstanding 'Jukebox Joints', along with Joe Fox. The mature approach and structure shows Rocky's growth from tracks like 'Purple Swag', which although were dope in their own way, the content and subtlety evident on 'At. Long. Last. A$AP. is far more of a winner for me. 'Max B' is the standout from the album, inspired by the true case of the Harlem MC. Joe Fox's appearance on this is spine-tingling, and the contrast from Rocky's verses to Fox's hook works incredibly well. 'Pharsyde' follows, and it's yet another fantastic collaboration with Joe Fox, whose presence on the album has a huge impact on the overall feel of the project. 'Wavybone' is an ingenious addition, featuring Juicy J and UGK. Pimp C's verse is dope, and the beat is both soulful and perfectly matched to the southern drawls of the guest MCs.
Continue reading: ASAP Rocky - At. Long. Last. A$AP. Album Review
The rapper’s latest album contains some offensive lyrics aimed at singer Rita Ora.
Rapper A$AP Rocky has attacked singer Rita Ora in a track off his new LP, At. Long. Last. A$AP, directing some very offensive and misogynistic rhymes at the British singer. It’s unclear why the rapper has chosen to target Ora on the track, as the pair had appeared to be friends and were never even rumoured to be an item.
ASAP Rocky has some nasty words for Rita Ora.
On ‘Better Days’ the 26 year old Harlem native raps, "I swear that b**ch Rita Ora got a big mouth/ Next time I see her might curse the b**ch out/ Kicked the b**ch out once cause she b**ched out/ Spit my kids out, j***ed up all in her mouth and made the b**ch bounce.”
Date of birth
1st January, 1970
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