ASAP Rocky is an American rapper, model, designer, and actor who towed the path of drug dealing before finding his way into the music industry. Though he started rapping at the early age of 8, he dedicated his adolescent age to selling drugs in his notorious Harlem neighborhood before abandoning drugs to seek out a legitimate means of livelihood. The black American rapper has his unique ways of artistry and raps that has made him different from the rest. He has just been a decade in the industry but two of his albums have already made it to the Billboard 200 chart.
ASAP Rocky’s Biography
The 3rd of October 1988 saw the birth of Rakim Mayers in Harlem, New York City, but he would later adopt ASAP Rocky, also stylized as A$AP Rocky as his professional name. He is of mixed ethnicity having been born to Adrian Mayers (father) from Barbados and an African American mother who was said to be a fan of a golden age hip-hop duo Eric B. & Rakim. This is why she named her children after the duo – ASAP’s sister’s name is Erica B.
As was the norm in the crime-infested neighborhood he grew up in, his father sold drugs and was involved in other criminal activities which eventually led to his incarceration when ASAP Rocky was barely 12. The following year, his older brother was shot dead.
The young Rocky was devastated at the turn out of events; but would later turn his pains to gains by taking his rap serious, drawing inspiration from the likes of The Diplomats, Mobb Deep, and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. He was homeless for some time and had to put up in homeless shelters with his mum and sister in New York. He also sold drugs to fend for himself and provide for his family. In 2004, he was arrested for drug-related offenses and thus, served two weeks in Rikers Island where his path crossed with that of Casanova, who is also an American rapper.
In 2007, ASAP joined the ASAP Mob, a progressive group made up of Rappers, MCs, video directors, and fashion designers. ASAP is believed to be the acronym of Always Strive And Prosper. He would later adopt the group name as his stage name. He dropped two singles titled Purple Swag and Peso in 2011 which were warmly received and which also became very popular in the streets and beyond.
Capitalizing on the fame garnered from the singles, ASAP released a video for the Purple Swag which drew the attention of many record labels to the young talented artist. After the release of his mixtape titled Live. Love. A$AP, he penciled down a record deal worth of $3 million with RCA Records and Polo Grounds Music before establishing a record label known as ASAP Worldwide and had A$AP Yams on board as his partner. He was also nominated for BBC’s sound of 2012 poll.
January 13, 2013, saw the release of his first studio album titled Long. Live. ASAP which topped Billboard 200 chart and sold over 3 million copies in the United States, going on to become gold certified by the Recording Industry of America Association after 60 days.
The year 2015 started on a sad note for the talented rapper as he lost his friend and partner A$AP Yams on January 18, 2015, who died from drug overdose, however, that did not stop the release of his second studio album titled At. Long. Last A$AP which was released in May of 2015. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 in the month of June 2015, and the album recorded sales of 60,662 copies in the UK and also sold 215,000 copies in the US as at July of 2015.
His third studio album was released on May 25, 2018, and it debuted at number 4 on the US Billboard 200. ASAP has also dropped nice singles that were widely received where he featured superstars like Lil Wayne, Drake, Alicia Keys, and Selena Gomez. He has also featured in a couple of movies which include; Dope, Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer, Zoolander 2, and Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping and Monster.
No doubt ASAP had a dream of ruling the music industry and he has not relented in putting in his best for the game. Having successfully released three studio albums and embarked on a series of tours, his bank account figures have risen and his net worth is estimated at $6 million.
The gold teeth rapper is well known for his inclinations for celebrity girlfriends. He has dated a quite number of them in the past. There is no clue to whom the rapper is currently dating but he was rumored to be dating a French model named Tina Tunakey in 2017. The rumor, which only came about because they were seen together in New York, was not confirmed by the duo. On her part, Tunakey got married on August 24, 2018, putting an abrupt end to the speculated relationship with ASAP Rocky.
His Relationship with Kendal Jenner
Kendal Jenner is a name that needs no introduction in the American entertainment industry; she is a renowned model and television personality with the famous Keeping up with the Kardashians.
She was born Kendall Nicole Jenner on November 3, 1995, in Los Angelis, California. Her professional modeling started in the year 2009 at the age of 14. She does not just model, she writes, acts and does businesses.
The relationship the rapper had with the famous model was made known from social media following the pictures they shared on Instagram. They also attended events together before the relationship hit the rocks around 2017. The actual cause of the break up was not made known, but the rapper seems to have been making efforts to win the supermodel back.