Refer to him as Lord Flacko or address him as ASAP Rocky; he possesses a devoted following, wherever he may venture. As a member of the esteemed Hip Hop’s ASAP mob, this collective inspired the adoption of his stage name, “ASAP Rocky.” He serves as a virtuoso in various domains – a rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, director, model, and producer. In summary, he epitomizes the essence of multifaceted talent.
Rakim Athelaston Mayers, born on the 3rd of October 1988 in Harlem, United States, endured a tumultuous upbringing. His family consisted of four members: himself, his father, a sister, and an elder brother. At a tender age of 12, his father, who hailed from Barbados, encountered legal entanglements due to drug trafficking.
Tragedy struck further when his brother, who introduced him to the art of rapping, fell victim to murder when Mayers was only 13. Subsequently, his father passed away in 2012. Rakim’s namesake was derived from one half of the iconic duo, Eric B and Rakim. At the age of 9, while residing in Pennsylvania, he initially delved into the realm of rap.
Mayers’ brother became a primary influence, teaching him the craft of rap, and much of Mayers’ personal style, including his distinctive hair twists, was inspired by his late sibling. He drew inspiration from renowned musical acts such as Mobb Deep, Three 6 Mafia, Wu-Tang Clan, UGK, and Run DMC.
Struggling through hardship, at the tender age of 15, he, along with his mother and sister, had to scrounge for sustenance and shelter, resorting to selling crack and marijuana to make ends meet. In 2004, he faced legal repercussions for his involvement in drug-related activities, and intriguingly, during his time in jail, he shared a cell with none other than “Casanova.” Indeed, they resided in the same confinements before they attained fame.
Between 2011 and 2012, ASAP Rocky is said to have been in a relationship with Australian Rapper Iggy Azalea. Subsequently, in the early months of 2013, he began dating the model Chanel Iman. However, the couple parted ways in 2014. Notably, ASAP Rocky followed a pescetarian diet for most of his life, primarily consuming seafood for meat, complemented by a predominantly plant-based diet.
Yet, in 2012, he transitioned to complete vegetarianism after his manager enlightened him on the perils of poultry consumption. One of the most notable scandals he faced to date was the leakage of a sex tape in 2019.
This statuesque, dark, and handsome figure stands tall at 5 feet 10 inches and weighs 74 kg.
In 2007, he became a vital part of the illustrious ASAP mob, an assembly of artists, designers, rappers, musicians, etc., sharing common musical inclinations. Notably, his song “Purple swag,” released in July 2011, proved to be a resounding success, propelling him into the limelight and attracting offers from various music labels.
Another of his singles, “Peso,” leaked in August 2011 and rapidly gained popularity, earning airtime on New York City’s Hot 97 Radio station. Following the release of “Live. Love. ASAP” in October, he inked a substantial $3 million deal with Polo Grounds Music and RCA Records. His talent garnered recognition, with a nomination for the “Sound of 2012” on December 5th.
His album “At. Long. Last. ASAP” was unveiled in 2015, followed by “Testing” in 2018. Moreover, he dabbled in the realms of film and documentaries, appearing in “Dope” in 2015, portraying the character “Dom,” and featuring in the documentary “Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer,” as himself. In 2016, he made appearances in “Zoolander 2” and “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.”
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In 2018, he portrayed “William King” in the movie “All Rise.” In 2020, he played himself in the film “Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics.” He also featured in several television shows, including “Comedy Bang! Bang!,” “Animals,” and “The Eric Andre Show.” Additionally, he played noteworthy roles in various music videos.
For instance, in 2012, he featured as “John F. Kennedy” in Lana Del Rey’s “National Anthem.” Moreover, he appeared in music videos for “Hold On, We’re Going Home” and “White Walls” in 2013, “Picture Me Rollin” in 2015, and “Reminder,” “What the Fuck Right Now,” “Surfin’,” and “Nikes” in 2016. Notably, he starred in “See You Again” and “Who Dat Boy 9/11” in 2017, and “Issues / Hold On” by Teyana Taylor in 2019.
ASAP Rocky earned 5 BET Award nominations, winning once. He received 7 BET Hip Hop Award nominations and secured victory thrice. Additionally, he received 2 Grammy Award nominations. Moreover, he garnered nominations at the MTV Europe Music Awards twice and the MTV Video Music Awards three times.
With a global fan base and immensely successful music albums, ASAP Rocky boasts a net worth of $10 Million.
In the face of a challenging childhood and a turbulent adolescence, Rocky emerged as a brilliant gem from the depths of adversity. He stands as a testament to the rewards of perseverance and dedication.