- I be that pretty motherfucker, Harlem's what I'm reppin
- A$AP Rocky, "Peso"
A$AP Rocky (born Rakim Mayers, October 3, 1988) is a popular rapper and producer from Harlem, New York City. A$AP Rocky is the best-known member of the A$AP Mob group, and has been a major fixture in Swag Rap since he began achieving mainstream exposure in 2011. A$AP Rocky is known for his laid-back, smooth delivery, excellent beat choices, and unique fashion sense. His music is considered a fusion of Dirty South rap such as UGK and Three 6 Mafia, as well as native New York-based artists like Dipset and the Wu-Tang Clan. To date, he has released one major mixtape(live.love.a$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.
Not to be confused with old-head alt-rapper Aesop Rock.
Notable songs by A$AP Rocky include:
Tropes present in his life and work:
- Boastful Rap: "Goldie," "Jukebox Joints."
- The Charmer: A common theme in his music is his ability to effortlessly attract women.
- Coming-of-Age Song: "Suddenly."
- Homage: The music video for "L$D" is based on the film Enter the Void.
- I Have Many Names: Also goes by "Pretty Flacko" and "Lord Pretty Flacko", periodically.
- Motor Mouth: Capable of pulling this off on several tracks, including "Lvl" and "Suddenly" from LONG.LIVE.A$AP, and then transitioning back to a laid-back drawling delivery.
- Named After Someone Famous: His birth name, Rakim, was inspired by the rapper of the same name.
- New Sound Album: Moderate example in Testing. While it's not completely new territory, it's far more experimental than his previous work.
- The Lancer: A$AP Ferg, the next most successful member of the A$AP Mob.
- Love Is a Drug: Both inverted and played straight in "L$D."
- Odd Friendship: He and Tyler The Creator have become very close since they toured together.
- Perishing Alt-Rock Voice: Rare non-rock example in "L$D"
- Production Posse: Outside his own crew, he frequently collaborates with Schoolboy Q, Skepta, and Tyler The Creator.
- Rags to Riches: Was homeless at one point during his teenage years.
- Real Men Wear Pink: A$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$AP Forever," sampling Rod Stewart and Moby respectively. He also sampled Tame Impala in "Sundress"
- Moby actually re-recorded his own vocals from "Porcelain" for the latter.
- Seamless Scenery: Most of the "A$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$AP."
- Sinister Minister: Rocky criticizes religious leaders who take money from congregations to live lavish lifestyles in "Holy Ghost".
- Soprano and Gravel: "Ridin'", featuring Lana Del Rey.
- The Stoner: live.love.a$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.
- 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."