Harlem's what I'm reppin"
Rakim Athelaston Mayers (born October 3, 1988), better known as A$AP Rocky, is a popular American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, model, actor, and music video director from Harlem, New York City. He is the best-known member of the collective A$AP Mob, and has been a major fixture in Swag Rap since he began achieving mainstream exposure in 2011.
A$AP Rocky is known for his laid-back, smooth delivery, excellent beat choices, and unique fashion sense. His music is considered a fusion of Dirty South rap such as UGK and Three 6 Mafia and native New York-based artists like Dipset and Wu-Tang Clan. To date, he has released one major mixtape (LIVE.LOVE.A$AP, 2011) and three major label albums (LONG.LIVE.A$AP, 2013; AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP, 2015; and Testing, 2018), with the first two especially being critically acclaimed and commercially successful. He has a child from Rihanna, who was born in June 2022.
- LIVE.LOVE.A$AP (2011)
- LONG.LIVE.A$AP (2013)
- AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP (2015)
- Testing (2018)
With A$AP Mob
- 'Lord$ Never Worry (2011)
- Cozy Tapes Vol. 1: Friends (2016)
- Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy (2017)
Notable songs by A$AP Rocky include:
Filmography (not including music videos)
- Dope (2015) as Dom
- Jeremy Scott: The People's Designer (2015) as himself (documentary)
- Zoolander 2 (2016) as himself
- Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) as himself
- Monster (2018) as William King
- Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics (2020) as himself (documentary)
- Stockholm Syndrome (2020) as himself (documentary)
- A Man Named Scott (2021) as himself (documentary)
- Comedy Bang! Bang! (2015) as himself (episode: "A$AP Rocky Wears a Black Button Up Jacket and Black Sneakers")
- Animals (2016) as Bodega Cat 2 (voice; episode: "Flies.")
- The Eric Andre Show as himself (episode: "Stacey Dash; Jack McBrayer")
Tropes present in his life and work:
- Alternative Hip Hop: Continues to make experimental music even after achieving mainstream success.
- Boastful Rap: Most of his early music revolves around this, though his subject matter has broadened considerably as his career has progressed.
- The Casanova: Rocky paints himself as such in "Jukebox Joints"She's the type to seek love and make it everlasting
I'm the type to wake up and say it never happened
I mean I fucked the girl with hella passion
But it's cold how we smashed, and left her sleeping on a separate mattress
- The Charmer: A common theme in his music is his ability to effortlessly attract women.
- Coming-of-Age Song: "Suddenly."
- Conscious Hip Hop: "Pharsyde" leans heavily into this territory. To a lesser extent, "Gunz n Butter."
- Darker and Edgier: AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP is WAY more somber than his previous two projects, probably influenced by A$AP Yams death.
- The Diss Track: In spite of being a high profile rapper, these are largely absent from his catalog, with the notable exception of "Angels," which contains shots at former collaborator Spaceghostpurrp.
- I Have Many Names: Also goes by "Pretty Flacko" and "Lord Pretty Flacko", periodically.
- The Lancer: A$AP Ferg, the next most successful member of the A$AP Mob.
- Love Is a Drug: Both inverted and played straight in "L$D."
- Motor Mouth: Capable of pulling this off on several tracks, including "Lvl" and "Suddenly" from LONG.LIVE.A$AP, and then transitioning back to a laid-back drawling delivery.
- Named After Someone Famous: His birth name, Rakim, was inspired by the rapper of the same name.
- New Sound Album: Moderate example in Testing. While it's not completely new territory, it's far more experimental than his previous work.
- Odd Friendship: He and Tyler, the Creator have become very close since they toured together. His friendships with Lana Del Rey and UK rapper Skepta may also count.
- Perishing Alt-Rock Voice: Rare non-rock example in "L$D".
- Rags to Riches: Was homeless at one point during his teenage years.I remember I was poor and
When I was young and living homeless
Now I rock the Ricky Owensnote—"Fukk Sleep"
- Real Men Wear Pink: A$AP Rocky is deeply interested in fashion.
- Religion Rant Song: "Holy Ghost" is Type III.
- Sampling: As with several hip hop artists, sampling is abundant, but is perhaps most notable in "Everyday" and "A$AP Forever," sampling Rod Stewart and Moby respectively. He also sampled Tame Impala in "Sundress"
- Moby actually re-recorded his own vocals from "Porcelain" for the latter, as well as Rod Stewart rerecording his vocals from his feature on "In A Broken Dream" for the former.
- Seamless Scenery: Most of the "A$AP Forever" video is a vertical Orbital Shot; the camera looping over each vignette before panning through the ground and into the next.
- Shout-Out: The last verse of "Long Live A$AP" shouts out Pimp C, Lil Flip, and Three 6 Mafia.
- Sinister Minister: Rocky criticizes religious leaders who take money from congregations to live lavish lifestyles in "Holy Ghost".
- Song Style Shift: The middle section of "Changes" switches to a different beat in a different time signature.
- Soprano and Gravel: His three songs with Lana Del Rey.
- The Stoner: LIVE.LOVE.A$AP makes this abundantly clear, with multiple tracks about marijuana("Roll One Up", "Leaf") and codeine("Kissin' Pink"). It's been seriously suggested that the mixtape is meant to be listened to in an altered state of mind.
- He has openly stated that he sometimes records under the influence, such as when he revealed that both he and Skepta were on Acid while recording "Praise The Lord da Shine".
- Surprisingly Gentle Song: "L$D," a psychedelic R&B ballad dedicated to, you guessed it, LSD.
- Surreal Music Video: "Long Live A$AP," "L$D," "Yamborghini High," "A$AP Forever," and several others.
- Swag Rap: One of the most commercially-successful practitioners.
- Title-Only Chorus: "Distorted Records."