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Not to be confused with .

Rakim Mayers (born October 3, 1988), better known by his ASAP Rocky (stylized as A$AP Rocky), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, and actor. He is a member of the hip hop group , from which he adopted his .

Rocky released his debut mixtape , in 2011 to critical acclaim. The success of his mixtape led to a record deal with , , and . He subsequently recorded his 2013 debut album , which was also well received by critics and debuted at number one on the . In 2015, Rocky released his second studio album titled . The album debuted at number one on the , making it Rocky's second consecutive album to debut at number one and has received positive reviews from music critics.

Rocky has also directed for himself, , and other A$AP Mob members. He is also a noted , producing under the Lord Flacko.

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Early life

Rakim Mayers was born on October 3, 1988, in the neighborhood of . His father was from , and his mother is African American. He has an older sister, Erika B. Mayers. Mayers' first name was taken from the hip hop artist , one half of the duo. His cousin is fellow member .

Mayers started at the age of 9, when he moved to . He learned how to rap from his older brother, who also wore the hairdo that Mayers later adopted. When Mayers was 12 years old, his father went to jail in connection with selling ; he died in 2012. When Mayers was 13, his brother was killed in Harlem. The death inspired Rocky to take rapping more seriously. Mayers grew up admiring Harlem-based rap group . He was also influenced by ,, , , , and .

A$AP Rocky sold drugs while moving around with his mother and sister. At the age of 15, he was selling in . After living for a period in a shelter with his mother in New York City, he moved to . In 2004, Mayers served two weeks in for drug dealing, where he shared a cell with future rapper .

Career

2007–11: Career beginnings and Live. Love. A$AP

In 2007, A$AP Rocky joined the crew, a Harlem-based collective of rappers, producers, music video directors, fashion designers, and bikers who shared similar interests in music, fashion, style, and art. It had been formed by A$AP Yams, A$AP Bari and A$AP Illz. In July 2011, Rocky released his single "Purple Swag" which quickly became a street anthem in New York City.

In August 2011, Rocky's debut single "", was and within weeks received airplay on the high-profile New York radio station. After he released a for his song "Purple Swag", he received attention from several record labels. In October, he released the mixtape to critical acclaim and signed a two-year, million record deal with and . Upon his record deal, Rocky started a label, A$AP Worldwide, with A$AP Yams. On December 5, he was nominated for 's poll.

2012–14: Touring and Long. Live. A$AP

In February 2012, Rocky joined as the opening act for 's . In June, , founder of Miami-based collective Raider Klan and Rocky's past collaborator, accused A$AP Twelvyy of jumping Raider Klan's Matt Stoops and subsequently disassociated himself from A$AP Mob and Rocky in a YouTube video. He and Raider Klan also accused ASAP Mob of copying their style, and Rocky of using lyrics from SpaceGhostPurrp's song "My Enemy" on "Goldie". Rocky responded in a July interview for MTV, saying that SpaceGhostPurrp is "try[ing] to build hype" and told him to "stick to makin' beats".

In July 2012, Rocky performed at the . He was scheduled to make his network television debut on on July 20, but he was then arrested the night before, after an alleged involvement in a brawl, with 21-year-old artist iRome. The scuffle took place in downtown Manhattan and the performance was canceled. After it was rescheduled for August 21, Rocky performed "Goldie" on the show. On September 6, he also performed a guest rap on 's "" at the .

Rocky recorded his debut , along with several producers, such as Clams Casino, Hit-Boy, Friendzone, A$AP Ty Beats, Soufein3000 and Joey Fat Beats. "Goldie" was released as the album's first single on April 27. On August 27, his crew A$AP Mob released the mixtape as a free download. During September through November, Rocky promoted the album with the 40-date national , the Long Live ASAP Tour, with opening acts , , and A$AP Mob.Long. Live. A$AP was released on January 15, 2013, to mostly positive reviews from critics. The album debuted at number one on the , with first-week sales of 139,000 copies in the United States. As of March 13, 2013, it has sold 284,000 copies. On March 16, 2015, Long. Live. A$AP was certified gold by the (RIAA), for the shipment of 500,000 copies in the United States.

On April 12, 2013, in an interview at radio station, Rocky revealed that he was working on an album, which he plans on releasing without notice. He even discussed his favorite music videos and talked about his desire to collaborate with veteran rapper . On June 21, Rocky told that he had completed his debut instrumental album, which mostly consists of oriented instrumental tracks, titled Beauty & The Beast: Slowed Down Sessions (Chapter 1) and was originally set to be released during the summer for free download. However, that album was delayed with no other release date announced. Rocky previewed two snippets that might make the Beauty & The Beast: Slowed Down Sessions (Chapter 1) compilation, titled "Riot Rave" and "Unicorn".

2015–17: At. Long. Last. A$AP

A$AP Rocky in October 2013

On March 16, 2014, Rocky has announced that he was working on his second studio album, entitled A.L.L.A. (an acronym for ) which is a follow-up to his debut album, Long. Live. A$AP. Upon the wake of a delay of the album, L.O.R.D., Rocky subsequently collaborated with cohorts , Nast and Twelvyy on the album's third single, "Hella Hoes", which was released on June 6, 2014. Nonetheless, A$AP Mob leader A$AP Yams announced on his account that the album had been shelved.

On October 3, 2014, the day of his twenty-sixth birthday, Rocky launched a short-lived music giveaway called Flacko Jodye Season, which first premiered with "", which featured additional vocals from ; later released on iTunes one week after its premiere.

On , Rocky released his second album's , "", a sequel to "Pretty Flacko". Then, on January 18, seventeen days after the single's release, Rocky's mentor and partner, Steven "A$AP Yams" Rodriguez, died at the age of 26. However, some reports later stated that Yams' cause was ruled acute mixed drug intoxication while Rocky and several A$AP Mob members and affiliates said that the late leader of the collective died due to his , which caused and . Weeks after Yams' death, Rocky revealed that At. Long. Last. A$AP was executive-produced by rapper , producer , Rocky and Yams themselves.[58]

In 2014, Rocky appeared in a cameo role in the 2015 comedy-drama, . The film premiered at the on January 21, 2015. It opened in all movie theaters on June 12. There at the event, Rocky explained his expressions and grief over the death of his own friend and partner; performed "Multiply" on-stage as a dedication to his loving memory, minutes before running backstage to calm down.

On April 8, 2015, the rapper released a song, titled "", debuted during an interview with the , and was released on the two days later, however, it was announced that the song was not an official single from the album. The album, however, did include a remixed version of the track that replaced Rocky's second verse with a guest verse from . On May 9, Rocky unveiled the album's on his official page, with the caption "AT LONG LAST...." On the same day, he then released the album's alternative artwork and released the album's second single, titled "" featuring , and (the latter of which also produced the track alongside ). Rocky also announced that the release date for A.L.L.A. was updated to June 2, 2015; however, on May 25, 2015, around 6:00 PM EDT, the album , approximately one week before its expected release. Subsequently, Rocky tweeted to announce that the album will be released at midnight (May 26), changing the date a week early.

Upon its release, At. Long. Last. A$AP received generally positive to mixed reviews from . Overall, the album was supported by the release of three : "", "Everyday" and "". At. Long. Last. A$AP debuted at number one on the , selling 116,000 copies in the United States. In conclusion to this, it also gave Rocky his second consecutive number one album on the charts to date. In Canada, the album debuted at number one, with 11,000 copies sold. The album has spent two more weeks beyond the top ten of the Billboard 200. As of July 2015, the album has sold 215,000 copies in the United States. It has sold 60,662 copies in the United Kingdom, as of June 2015. However, despite being his second consecutive number-one album, At. Long. Last. ASAP began to decline in album-equivalent sales, becoming Rocky's lowest-selling album in his career.[]

On June 11, 2015, Rocky was featured on , where he performed the song "L$D" with . In June, it was confirmed that he was featured on the song "" performed by American actress and singer . In June 2015, he appeared on the "Carpool Karaoke" segment of , riding with Rod Stewart and host .

Rocky is featured on "", a track written with for her sixth studio album in 2016. He is also featured on two tracks in , the 2017 album by . The tracks are called "Summer Bummer", which also features , and "Groupie Love". He also featured in "" by , released in October 2017.

2018–present: Testing and WANGSAP

On January 23, 2018, ASAP Rocky released "☆☆☆☆☆ 5IVE $TAR$" on , produced by , Frans Mernick, Jordan Blackmon and Daniel Lynas and featuring uncredited vocals by . Over the following two days he shared "Above", produced by Mernick and "Money Bags Freestyle ( Meditation)", produced by Blunt and featuring uncredited vocals by . The songs were captioned "TESTING COMING SOON" and "THIS IS JUST A TEST", leading to speculation that they were in promotion of an upcoming studio album entitled . On February 16, Rocky collaborated with and for "Cocky", in promotion of the film . He released the single "Bad Company" on March 27. It features rapper , as well as further allusions to Testing in its marketing. On April 5, he released a second single: "ASAP Forever". The song samples record producer 's 2000 single "", crediting him as a featured artist. It was premiered on alongside new track "Distorted Records", and a music video was released the following day. A day later he was featured on the song "One Track Mind", from rock band ' fifth studio album .

On May 20, 2018, Rocky announced on his Instagram page that his album Testing was finished, alongside revealing the cover art.

On July 23, 2018, Rocky and announced a collaborative project, WANGSAP, by releasing a music video of a remix of named "Potato Salad" on AWGE's "AWGE DVD (Vol. 3)".

Business ventures

In October 2011, Rocky signed a record deal with worth of million (.7 million of which was earmarked for his solo work; .3 million earmarked to fund his company). 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 . Fellow rapper and A$AP Mob member , also signed a joint venture deal with -distributed , who released his single "Work", for retail on iTunes, and later announced an official featuring Rocky, , and .

In 2013, he released his A$AP merchandise brand, and went to collaborate with high-profile fashion designer and close friend . On October 2, 2014, A$AP Rocky announced he had officially signed a contract for worldwide representation with .

In February 2016, released a collaboration with Rocky called GUE$$, which was inspired by Rocky's admiration for the brand's vintage '90s clothing that he wore while growing up.

Personal life

In 2011, Rocky began dating Australian rapper , whom he met through Chase N. Cashe. Azalea confirmed that they were dating in an interview with released on January 15, 2012. It was around this time that she revealed she had tattooed the title of Rocky's breakout mixtape "Live.Love.A$AP" on her fingers. She also claimed she was not the only one with tattoos dedicated to the relationship. Later, in July 2012, Rocky said they were no longer dating. In March 2013, Azalea revealed she had crossed out the "A$AP" part of the tattoo.

Mayers is a .

Legal incidents

On August 31, 2013, Mayers allegedly slapped a woman during the . He was charged "with misdemeanor simple assault, a class two misdemeanor". The case was dismissed after a witness failed to appear to court. The woman later filed a lawsuit in July 2014, stating that she still suffered certain conditions following the alleged assault. Mayers stated that he never touched the woman, and that she "should have known that there could be trouble in place with so many people". The lawsuit was settled between the two in April 2015.

Discography

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Filmography

Television

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Video games

Music videos

See also

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