Who is A$AP Rocky?
A$AP Rocky (pronounced as AYSAP Rocky) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. He is well known for hit songs like “Fuckin’ Problems”, which featured Drake and Kendrick Lamar, “Praise the Lord”, etc. A$AP Rocky also releases music under the pseudonym, Lord Flacko.
He is also popular in the media for being the current boyfriend and baby daddy of Barbadian singer and businesswoman Rihanna.
A$AP Rocky’s real name is Rakim Athelaston Mayers. He was born on October 3, 1988, in Harlem, New York City, United States. As of October 2022, A$AP Rocky is 34 years old.
Meaning of A$AP
A$AP is an acronym for “Always Strive And Prosper”. A$AP Rocky belongs to an American entertainment group called A$AP Mob which consists of over a dozen rappers (most of who bear the A$AP title like him). The group also includes music producers, music video directors and fashion designers. A$AP Rocky joined A$AP Mob in 2007, a year after it was founded.
About A$AP Rocky’s parents
A$AP Rocky’s mother, Renee Black is from Barbados. She named A$AP Rocky after her hip-hop hero, Rakim. After A$AP Rocky’s father, Adrian Mayers was jailed, the family fell into hard times. When A$AP Rocky was arrested in Sweden, his mom, Renee Black spoke out in his defence, pleading for his release.
“I don’t want to stir up any trouble, anything that is going to cause my son not to come home. I’m pleading. I hope they let my son come home. I really do.”
While his father was in prison, A$AP Rocky and his mother moved around a lot. From Harlem to the Bronx, then to Philadelphia and later on, North Carolina.
A$AP Rocky’s father, Adrian Mayers went to prison when A$AP Rocky was 12 years old. He was imprisoned on charges of drug dealing and later passed away in 2012, presumably from pneumonia. He was reportedly 40 years old at the time of his death.
About his father, A$AP Rocky said:
“My dad is from Barbados. He was a clean cut kind of guy especially in the way he dressed. I just took the advice he gave me and ran with it. He told me that always be myself and always feel comfortable with whatever decision you make because you chose to do it. Just because something doesn’t fit in doesn’t mean it’s right.”
About A$AP Rocky’s siblings
A$AP Rocky had two older siblings – a sister named Erika B. Mayers and a brother named Ricky Mayers. Sadly, both siblings of A$AP Rocky have passed away.
a. Erika B. Mayers
Erika B. Mayers was A$AP Rocky’s older sister. She and A$AP Rocky were named after the iconic pop duo, Eric B. and Rakim. She passed away in 2016 from a drug overdose.
b. Ricky Mayers
A$AP Rocky’s older brother, Ricky Mayers passed away when he was 13. According to reports, he was shot by his father’s rival drug dealer. A$AP Rocky revealed that it was his brother who inspired him to start rapping.
“He was like the revolutionary big brother. He made me feel secure, and if it wasn’t for him, being able to get that confidence out of me, I wouldn’t have had the balls to discover that I had a talent.”
A$AP Rocky’s cousin – A$AP Nast
A$AP Rocky is also related to fellow A$AP Mob member, A$AP Nast. They are cousins. A$AP Nast is an American rapper, songwriter and model. He was born on July 26, 1990, in New York City, the United States and is currently 32 years old.
A$AP Rocky’s childhood and education
A$AP Rocky was born in Harlem, New York City, the United States. When he was nine, he moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the United States. He learned how to rap from his older brother, Ricky Mayers, who wore the cornrows hairstyle that A$AP Rocky later adopted. When Ricky Mayers passed away, his death inspired A$AP Rocky to take rap more seriously. He was inspired by other rappers like Mobb Deep, Three 6 Mafia, the Wu-Tang Clan and others. For his education, A$AP Rocky attended the Bayard Rustin High School for the Humanities.
A$AP Rocky’s wiki profile
|Full Name||Rakim Athelaston Mayers|
|Stage Name||A$AP Rocky|
|Date of Birth||October 3, 1988|
|Age||34 years old|
|Place of Birth||Harlem, New York City, the United States|
|Occupation||Rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer|
|Height||5 ft 10|
|Marital Status||In a relationship|
|Net worth||$13 million (estimated)|
About A$AP Rocky’s marriage and wedding
As of October 2022, A$AP Rocky is not married and does not have a wife. However, he has been in a long-term relationship with Barbadian singer and fashion CEO Rihanna since 2020. They welcomed a son together on May 13, 2022.
List of girlfriends/relationships
- A$AP Rocky dated Iggy Azalea in 2011.
- Chanel Iman and A$AP Rocky dated in 2013.
- A$AP Rocky dated Rita Ora in 2012.
- A$AP Rocky dated Tahiry Jose in 2014.
- A$AP Rocky dated Kendall Jenner in 2016.
- Jasmine Daniels dated A$AP Rocky in 2018.
- A$AP Rocky has been dating Rihanna since 2020.
- A$AP Rocky was rumoured to have cheated on Rihanna with popular shoe designer Amina Muaddi in 2022. This was later found to be untrue.
About A$AP Rocky’s arrest in Sweden
In July 2019, A$AP Rocky was arrested in Sweden after getting into a fight with a man called Mustafa Jafari and another person whose identity is currently unknown. During the altercation, Jafari sustained several injuries. He had a fractured rib and several cuts that needed stitches.
A$AP Rocky uploaded two videos to his Instagram page. In the first, A$AP Rocky and his entourage were telling two young men (Jafari and another person) to stop following them. In the second video, Jafari hit one of A$AP Rocky’s security operatives with his headphones. A$AP Rocky’s lawyer maintained that Rocky was acting in self-defence. A$AP Rocky was arrested but was allowed to finish his show in Sweden. A$AP Rocky was convicted of assault and was given a suspended prison sentence. He was asked to pay 12,500Kr in damages to Jafari.
About A$AP Rocky’s kids
As of the time of publishing this article (October 2022), A$AP Rocky has only one child – the son he has with Rihanna. However, the name of the child has not been revealed.
About A$AP Rocky’s net worth
As of October 2022, A$AP Rocky has an estimated net worth of $13 million while his girlfriend Rihanna is reportedly worth over $1.5 billion, as of 2022!