ARTIST PROFILE

A$AP Rocky

Name: Rakim Athelaston Mayers

Birthday: October 3, 1988

Fav Dish: Seafood

Rakim Athelaston Mayers (born October 3, 1988), known by his stage name ASAP Rocky (stylized as A$AP Rocky; is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, model, actor and music video director. He is a member of the hip hop group A$AP Mob, from which he adopted his moniker.

Rocky released his debut mixtape Live. Love. A$AP, in 2011 to critical acclaim. The success of his mixtape led to a record deal with Polo Grounds Music, RCA Records, and Sony Music Entertainment. He subsequently recorded his 2013 debut album Long. Live. A$AP, which was also well received by critics and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. In 2015, Rocky released his second studio album titled At. Long. Last. A$AP. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, making it Rocky’s second consecutive album to debut at number one and has received positive reviews from music critics.

Rocky has also directed music videos for himself, Danny Brown, SpaceGhostPurrp and other A$AP Mob members. Furthermore, he is a noted record producer, producing under the pseudonym Lord Flacko.

In July 2019, he was arrested in Sweden for assault which quickly became international news.

Rakim Mayers was born on October 3, 1988, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. His father was from Barbados, and his mother is African American. He had an older sister, Erika B. Mayers, who died in September 2016 following a drug overdose. Mayers’ first name was taken from the hip hop artist Rakim, one half of the Eric B. & Rakim duo. His cousin is fellow ASAP Mob member ASAP Nast.

Mayers started rapping at the age of 9, when he moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He learned how to rap from his older brother, who also wore the French braids hairdo that Mayers later adopted. When Mayers was 12 years old, his father went to jail in connection with selling drugs; 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 The Diplomats. He was also influenced by Mobb Deep, Three 6 Mafia, UGK, Run DMC, Wu-Tang Clan, and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.

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