Asap Rocky

Biography

A$AP Rocky (born Rakim Mayers, 03.10.1988)
A$AP Rocky is an American rapper.

A$AP Rocky: Childhood
A$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.

A$AP Rocky: Musical career
A$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.

A$AP Rocky: Personal Life
A$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.
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A$AP Rocky feat. Juicy J - Multiply (Audio)

9th October 2014 -

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Juicy J features on A$AP Rocky's new track 'Multiply' which is taken from his yet-to-be-announced second album.

Tinashe feat. A$AP Rocky - Pretend

2nd October 2014 -

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Tinashe has released the music video for her August 2014 single, 'Pretend'. The single features a verse from Asap Rocky, and will appear on Tinashe's upcoming debut studio album, 'Aquarius', in October, 2014.

Sam Smith Ft. A$AP Rocky - I'm Not The Only One (Official Audio)

23rd September 2014 -

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Sam Smith released 'I'm Not The Only One' in late August, 2014. In September, 2014, an official remix was released, featuring Asap Rocky. The single originally appeared as the fifth track on Smith's debut studio...

Tinashe feat. A$AP Rocky - Pretend (Lyric)

4th September 2014 -

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In the run-up to her debut studio album, 'Aquarius', Tinashe has released the lyric video for her single, 'Pretend', featuring Asap Rocky. The single appears as track number eight on the album, due to be...

A$AP Mob feat. A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Nast & A$AP Twelvyy - Hella Hoes

10th July 2014 -

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A$AP Mob featuring A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Nast and A$AP Twelvyy are surrounded by women in the video for their newest single 'Hella Hoes', taken from their forthcoming debut album 'L.O.R.D.' out later this...

Head To Europe This Year For The Best Summer Festival Experiences!

23rd May 2014 -

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A$AP ROCKY - Fashion Killa [Explicit]

27th September 2013 -

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A$AP Rocky now releases a video of his track 'Fashion Killa' taken from his debut solo album 'Long. Live. ASAP' which was released in January 2013. The rapper has also released a new mixtape this...

Nicki Minaj Dons An Outfit Of Her Own Design At SS14 Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Show

18th September 2013 -

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Celebrities make their way through the streets of New York to attend the Jeremy Scott Spring/Summer 2014 New York Fashion Show.Paris Hilton and her sister, Nicky Hilton, share some quality time together whilst posing for...

A$AP Rocky Assault Charge At Made In America Festival

5th September 2013 -

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The rapper known as A$AP Rocky has been charged with misdemeanour assault after slapping a female fan, according to TMZThe female who attended the Made In America Music festival claims to have been slapped by...

Kendrick Lamar Was Surprised at Control Verse Impact - Rapper Speaks Out

30th August 2013 -

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Kendrick Lamar got exactly what he wanted when he spat the now-infamous incendiary verse on Big Sean’s ‘Control.’ He told his fellow rappers – some of which he works with – that he’s out to...

Hip-Hop's Sleeping Giant Awoken By Kendrick Lamar. What Took You So Long?

15th August 2013 -

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Kendrick Lamar turned heads in the hip-hop world this week following the premiere of a new track by Big Sean - Control - featuring the Compton rapper.It was the instant classic verse from Lamar that...

A$AP Ferg feat. A$AP Rocky - Shabba [Audio]

10th July 2013 -

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A$AP Ferg is set to self-release his second solo album 'Trap Lord' on August 20th 2013 and now releases an audio for his new track 'Shabba' featuring his A$AP Mob co-member A$AP Rocky. The silver-toothed...

A$AP ROCKY - Fashion Killa (Audio)

2nd July 2013 -

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A$AP ROCKY releases an audio of his track 'Fashion Killa' taken from his debut solo album 'Long. Live. ASAP' which was release in January 2013. The rapper is set to release a new mixtape this...

Perez Hilton And ASAP Rocky Arrive For Jeremy Scott Fashion Show In New York

20th February 2013 -

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Gossip blogger Perez Hilton, rappers Big Sean and A$AP Rocky, and photographer to the stars Terry Richardson are among the arrivals for Jeremy Scott's fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.There's no argument...

A$AP Rocky Heading to the UK in May - Tour Dates Announced

29th January 2013 -

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A$AP Rocky's UK tour dates have been announced which will see him perform four dates across England and Scotland.Way back in 2011, A$AP Rocky was largely unknown, but with the BBC nominating him for "The...

A$AP Rocky No. 1 In The US Billboard 200 As Leak Turns Into Sales Deluge

23rd January 2013 -

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Not even being leaked a month early could halt A$AP Rocky’s album Long.Live A$AP going straight in at the top of the US Billboard charts, and the rapper was understandably thrilled about it.In what is...

A Week In Music - Justin Timberlake Makes A Smooth Return, Les Miserables Soundtrack Baffles Reviewer, A$AP Rocky Leaves Bad Taste In The Mouth

21st January 2013 -

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Videos of the Week... Flanked with a letter to the fans, Justin Timberlake’s new song, ‘Suit & Tie’ featuring Jay-Z has the former ‘N Sync star bring sexy back once more. The “open letter to...

ASAP Rocky - Long.Live.ASAP Album Review

17th January 2013 -

 Review

Long.Live.A$Ap is the major label debut from A$AP Rocky, a man who has made his name as much for his music as for his quick-with-the-fist lifestyle. Most fledgling artists treat industry showcases like SXSW as...

A$AP Rocky's New Album Is A Major Success

15th January 2013 -

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A step up to major label for A$AP Rocky for new album LongLiveA$AP doesn’t look to have halted his direction among the sometimes sniffy music critics at all.Indeed, with his second full-length out this week,...

Out Now - US Albums Releases - Kidz Bop Launch New Assault On Chart, A$AP Rocky's Major Label Debut, Posthumous Album From Teena Marie

15th January 2013 -

 News

A terrifying prospect for most adult music fans this week, as the 23rd (yes, twenty third) instalment in the Kidz Bop series is released today. Parents beware, your favourite pop songs are up for the...

David Beckham And Natasha Bedingfield Spotted On The Front Row At Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Show

10th September 2012 -

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Photographers snap the famous faces on the front row of the Y-3 10th Anniversary Collection show for the Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week for Spring/ Summer 2013. Front seaters include popstar Natasha Bedingfield, rappers ASAP...

A$AP Rocky And Justin Theroux Arrive For The Alexander Wang Fashion Show For Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

10th September 2012 -

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Photographers snap arrivals outside the Piers 94 building as they turn up for the Alexander Wang fashion show during the Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week for Spring/ Summer 2013. Among them were singer and former...

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