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The Life of A$AP Rocky

Harlem-born rapper, actor, and model ASAP 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.

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07/23/2019 10:24 AMupdated: 07/23/2019 1:09 PM
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  • Tyree L.
    08/31/2019 17:09

    They didnt mention how he refused to speak out on police brutality or black injustice because he's rich 🤷🏾‍♂️

  • Denise A.
    08/31/2019 13:57

    I'M YELLING BECAUSE THIS YOUNG MAN IS AN INSPIRATION TO ALL YOUNG BLACKS THAT YOU CAN MAKE IT THROUGH NO MATTER WHAT. PLEASE STAY FOCUSED AND KEEP BEING POSITIVE TO HELP OTHERS OF ALL COLOR

  • Vladimir M.
    08/31/2019 09:54

    What is the real story here ?

  • Ryan A.
    08/26/2019 23:50

    A whole 2 weeks in jail. Wow.

  • Harajuku F.
    08/25/2019 23:46

    This sounds like a rich person problem.

  • John G.
    08/25/2019 19:01

    He’s out

  • Ronnie S.
    08/25/2019 06:49

    Let that brother go 🇺🇸✌🏽😎

  • David J.
    08/25/2019 00:00

    He better not say that in jail or someone might show him how good looking he is lol

  • William I.
    08/24/2019 15:16

    It's a shame how we 4get who we are and how our ancestors went through alot to even be where we are 2day.Money change some people and 2 me that's not the case bc you were already that person on the inside and now you can be the worst of a human being or just being human.we are no better than he is by hatting on the comments he made bc he lives in Beverly Hills.If you go to any country learn their laws, religion and culture first so you don't get caught up.We in the 🇺🇸 are not really liked and respected anymore bc we don't really respect each other here either.All I'm saying is we still should care bc he is American and what if you got caught up and you really do anything 2 be in jail but bc you are Americans you feel how it truly feels 2 not be a American and it really ain't as bad as we say.I don't know anything about him nor do i like Hip hop of today but what i am saying is that one day we will have to come together and rac will have to be color blind and money will be nothing

  • Rodriguez A.
    08/20/2019 01:45

    Is he back yet

  • Chubb R.
    08/17/2019 22:49

    Not a whole 2 weeks on rikers

  • AndreJohnson B.
    08/13/2019 07:59

    These rappers ain’t so gangster when them folks get involved just look at 21 savage he claimed he had a lot of lawyers and 7ms in his bank account smh just know money or good lawyers can’t bell you out of some situations......

  • Cameron M.
    08/12/2019 01:01

    Blah Blah blah

  • Nick M.
    08/11/2019 19:02

    Rappers always talking about going to jail being locked up and being so hard because of it. But whenever a rapper goes to jail/prison hes fighting for his life to get out and never wants to go back. These actors make me laugh...

  • Chris W.
    08/11/2019 12:39

    Don't care either way

  • Nate C.
    08/09/2019 03:08

    He's already out

  • Alabz O.
    08/08/2019 10:08

    If you commit a crime, no one is bigger than rule of law. Simple

  • Raymond E.
    08/07/2019 23:20

    So what!

  • Chris J.
    08/07/2019 18:01

    Who cares

  • Dom C.
    08/06/2019 10:15

    All i got from this video was... Wack rapper was named after Legend.