Rakim Athelaston Mayers, popularly known by his stage name ASAP Rocky or Lord Flacko, is an American born hip-hop artist, singer, model, songwriter and video producer. He was born in the city of Harlem, New York the United States of America on the 3rd of October 1988.
He grew up in what can be described as a hostile environment after his brother was killed in his neighbourhood and his father went to jail for committing a crime. These experiences played a vital role in pushing him to take on rap, where he found an opportunity to air the pains he experienced on a daily. He served time in jail after he was caught selling cannabis when he took to the streets.
He took on rapping as early as the age of eight, after drawing inspirations from the pioneers of hip-hop like Mobb Deep, The Diplomats, Run DMC and the likes. Today, he has grown as an all-round hip-hop artist and set himself apart from what he described as “the regular New York rapper”. Presently, he is a member of the A$AP Mob.
ASAP Rocky Career Details
Asap Rocky started his professional music career when he joined the ASAP Mob crew, a local group of rappers, songwriters, beat makers, music video producers, and enthusiasts who had a passion for music, art and fashion. However, it was not until 2011 that ASAP Rocky made his musical breakthrough with his blow out song “Purple Swag”. The song swept across New York City like wildfire and became a street anthem.
He followed this up with another hit single titled “Peso” which received as much love as his first track and got high replay numbers. In the same year, he shot the music video of his Purple Swag track and attracted the attention of top music labels across the country after making his appearance on the US R&B Chart. He signed with RCA Records and Polo Ground Music on a two year $3 million deal and went on to release his first professional mixtape titled, “Live, Love, ASAP”, which got the rapper a BBC sound of 2012 nomination.
In 2012, the further cemented his place in the hip-hop scene when he started headlining shows and performing alongside the likes of Kendrick Lamar at Drake’s Club Paradise Tour. He also performed at Pitchfork Music Festival, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and so on. He was a performing guest artist at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards with Rihanna on her “Cockiness” song.
The hip-hop artist released his debut album, “Long Live ASAP”, in 2013. The album racked up a lot of numbers, as the lead single on the album, Goldie, reached top spots on the UK charts, and the album itself got ranked highly on the US and UK album and R&B Charts. Rocky went on a 40-date national tour to perform tracks from the new album in sold-out concerts which he headlined.
In 2014, Rocky announced that he was set to release his second studio album, “At. Long. Last. ASAP”, which was produced by Juicy J and his late friend ASAP Yamz. The album included songs like “Pretty Flacko”, “Lord Pretty Flacko Joyde 2” and so on. He also worked with his ASAP Mob crew on a couple of music projects.
He worked on other notable projects like “5ive $TAR$” produced by Metroboomin and released another studio album, Testing, in 2018. The album was widely accepted as well, it ranked up to number four on the US Billboard Top 200 charts, making it his third consecutive top-five ranking on the chart. Despite some public controversies like being arrested for a brawl in the USA and an assault in Sweden, Rocky has a distinguished music career.
ASAP Rocky Net Worth
According to the Forbes list, ASAP Rocky as a current net worth of around $6 million. His sources of income include music sales, payments from modelling, to mention but a few
ASAP Rocky Dating History And Marriage Details
The rapper is not yet married, but he has been in several popular relationships like when he dated fellow rapper, Iggy Azalea in 2012 and supermodel Chanel Iman till 2014. Recently, the rumours of his relationship with Rihanna was confirmed after the couple was seen in a public display of affection in Barbados.
ASAP Rocky Family Details: Parents And Siblings
ASAP Rocky born to Adrian Mayars, his father, but his mother was not popularly mentioned. His siblings are Ricky and Erika Mayars, his brother and sister.
ASAP Rocky Body Measurements
He stands at 5”10 in height and weighs 73kg. His chest size is 32 inches, has a waist size of 32 inches and 13 inches in bicep size.
ASAP Rocky House And Cars
He owns an expensive house in the West Hollywood area of Los Angeles, worth $3 million and a New York City apartment that costs $20,000 monthly. His fleet of cars includes a BMW 5 Series, Mercedes A-Class, Ferrari 488 GTB and 360 Modena.