Rakim Mayers, or as you might know him, ASAP Rocky, is an American rapper, actor, and music video director. He rose to fame with the debut of his mixtape Live. Love. A$AP in 2011, before releasing chart-topping albums, and engaging in acting and fashion projects.
ASAP Rocky has a very interesting life so far, so check out how his career started out, and what he has been up to lately.
Born in Harlem, ASAP Rocky started rapping as a young boy of 8 but wasn’t very serious about pursuing that career until later in life. When he was only 12, his father was arrested for dealing drugs, and his older brother was murdered by a drug dealer a year later.
It was then that Mayers got serious about rapping, but he needed money for studio time. He followed in his father and brother’s footsteps and started dealing drugs and running into trouble with the law. Selling weed and crack was the only way he knew how to support his mother, his sister, and himself.
They moved often and lived in homeless shelters, but Mayer’s determination to succeed in the rap world helped them start a more normal life.
Once ASAP Rocky joined the ASAP Mob crew, he started releasing very successful singles. Purple Swag and Peso received critical acclaim, playing all over the radio.
Rocky then released his debut mixtape Live. Love. A$AP, which led to him signing a $3 million record deal with Polo Grounds Music, a subsidiary of Sony/RCA.
Not long after, Rocky released his debut studio album Long. Live. A$AP., featuring many renowned artists such as Drake and Kendrick Lamar and topping the Billboard 200 chart.
His following album At. Long. Last. A$AP also saw huge success, although its direction was quite changed. This is due to Rocky’s experimentation, which resulted in the album sounding a bit on the psychedelic side. Nevertheless, it received positive reviews, as did his latest album Testing, the third one in a row to top the charts.
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These days, ASAP Rocky is experimenting in other fields. He recently made his acting debut in the coming-of-age film, Dope, where he played a small-time drug dealer. He’s also been collaborating on a number of fashion projects with high-profile designers. ASAP Rocky dated supermodel Kendall Jenner, but the two called it quits after a year-long relationship.
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