The Life of A$AP Rocky

Harlem-born rapper, actor, and model A$AP Rocky is currently stuck in a Swedish jail, with no release date in sight. This is his rags to riches story.

Rapper, Actor, Model, Producer…This is A$AP Rocky

Rakim Meyers was born on October 3, 1988 in New York City. He was named after famous NYC rapper Rakim — one half of the influential hip hop duo Eric B. & Rakim. By 13, his dad was in jail in connection with selling drugs, and his older brother was killed a block from where he was born. As a teen he began selling drugs to make ends meet. He also spent a two-week sentence at Rikers Island. He discussed this time in an interview with Amarudontv.

In 2007, he joined the A$AP Mob, a collective of musicians, videographers, designers and other creatives, to pursue a career in hip-hop. He opened up about joining the collective in a 2015 lecture at the Oxford Union. In 2011, his debut mixtape Live.Love.A$AP was released to critical acclaim. He spent 2012 touring with Drake and Kendrick Lamar, then in 2013 released his debut studio album Long.Live.A$AP. After successes in hip hop, Rocky began to expand to fashion and movies.

Since 2013, he has worked with design labels Raf Simmons and Guess. In 2016, he was the first man of color to front Dior Homme. In that time, he also made his acting debut in the feature film DOPE, and later had roles in Zoolander 2 and All Rise. But his legal issues did not stop when his career took off…In 2012, he was arrested after his alleged involvement in a brawl in New York.

Then in July 2019, he was arrested after he and his entourage were involved in another scuffle in Sweden prior to his European music tour. American celebrities were quick to call for a boycott of Sweden. Even President Trump was called upon to help secure his release. Despite his incarceration, the outpouring of support for Rocky reflects his status as a globally music, fashion, and cultural icon.


07/23/2019 10:24 AMupdated: 07/23/2019 1:09 PM
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  • Zephirum A.
    07/23/2019 12:54


  • Carlos G.
    07/23/2019 13:39

    Boy they throw out the word icon so loosly now a days. Icon used to me something. A person worked his whole life to achieve a body of work that reflected. Nowadays anyone's an icon!

  • Brut
    07/23/2019 13:50

    Prosecutors in Sweden will not pursue charges against a man who allegedly harassed A$AP Rocky. The latest:

  • Monica F.
    07/23/2019 22:58

    Who the fuck is he never heard of him

  • Shanté G.
    07/24/2019 00:08

    ummm, doesn't he constantly say disparaging remarks against Black woman? Yeah he can stay there. He said he won't fight for black people issues in america cuz he's rich and that doesn't affect him. So I say to him, black people won't fight for your release because you're in Sweden and we in the u.s. so that doesn't affect us. Sorry, not sorry.

  • Lisha R.
    07/24/2019 00:19

    This your twin

  • Darnyl W.
    07/24/2019 00:37

    Sorry I don't live in Beverly Hills or Soho so I can't speak for you. Let his bitch ass rot for all I give a fuck.

  • Jeff E.
    07/24/2019 01:57


  • Sean C.
    07/24/2019 02:09

    His wealth/ privilege shouldn’t mean anything. Lock him up and throw away the key

  • Darren B.
    07/24/2019 02:14

    Sweden is going to the "refugees" it appears.

  • Katheryn W.
    07/24/2019 07:26

    What a waste of space 🙄

  • Linda T.
    07/24/2019 13:35

    Oh, the guy that can't relate to his people, because, he live in Beverly hills and Soho, so can he relate to those

  • Jorge E.
    07/24/2019 17:44

    Rags to riches also show how a person’s humanity can truly be eroded and not given to others who are less fortunate, and Rocky stated himself that he doesn’t care about others because he lives in SOHO and Beverly Hills... And that’s why most minorities have no respect nor care about him being locked up overseas, because “ they don’t live in that place, so why should they care.”

  • Cody P.
    07/24/2019 18:08

    Isnt Swedish jail literally just a hotel?

  • Viadel H.
    07/24/2019 18:38

    So a Mariott hotel.... the mans been to Rikers, european jails have roomservice and shit

  • Aj D.
    07/24/2019 20:20

    He grabbed a Kardashian by the pussy so he thought he was untouchable 😂😂😂

  • Trai A.
    07/24/2019 20:23

    I'm sorry but I'm from Harlem, these things have nothing to do with me🤷🏿‍♂️ its above me now 🤷🏿‍♂️

  • Jonathan G.
    07/24/2019 21:28

    We lock up children at the border and don't even supply them toiletries, do you really think Sweden is going to release this man just because he's an artist?.

  • Alan D.
    07/24/2019 21:52

    Fuck him..let him rot

  • Joshua T.
    07/24/2019 22:09

    How you gonna be named after Rakim and be such a wack rapper?