The leader of Harlem's new renaissance is a pretty lowkey individual. He prefers the company of his homies (the ASAP Mob) and doesn't mind spending time at home in Harlem. His debut mixtape, Live.Love.ASAP, made quite the impression on us last year. While he wait for Rocky to drop a follow up, check out these 5 facts every real ASAP Rocky fan should know. --Jolie Sanchez
“It’s so weird because [I also grew up in the Bronx too], who can say that? I grew up in both. I actually hustled more in the Bronx than Harlem. You wouldn’t know it from his music, but A$AP Rocky shared his upbringing in the
Bronx back in his days as a modest hustler.
“We were wearing skinny jeans when you had to go get them done at a tailor because they weren’t even sold like that. I used to have to get shit from Europe just to have it fit right," Rocky told Complex.
“Pretty nigga in some shit you never hear of/only thing bigger than my ego is my mirror/yeah, clothes getting weirder.”
The Raf Simons, Rick Owens wearing Harlemite isn’t modest when it comes to his love for fashion. A$AP Rocky’s opulent taste immediately caught the public’s interest, transcending his buzz to the fashion aficionados as well.
"You gotta go do research on the way they treat like fucking chickens, man. Those chickens go through fucking torture before they’re processed and shit, have all sorts of fucking steroids injected in them and everything.”
Didn’t see this one coming did you? The weed inhaling, liquoring sipping Rocky isn’t as reckless as you may think. During interview, Rocky unintentionally revealed his vegetarian lifestyle when ordering food.
You might have already known this after the hysteria on the Angie Martinez show, but a story like this never gets old. Still in pampers, Rocky’s mother spotted Rakim while driving in Harlem, and couldn’t resist the urge to ask him to sign Rocky’s diaper. Fast forward over two decades, and the two Rakim’s are united during a Hot97 interview. Who would have thought right?
Every rapper has their own story. Whether it was recording lo-fi songs for their Myspace page from someone’s dingy basement, or getting discovered by a super-producer on YouTube.
Rocky’s moment came from watching his older brother “pound out” beats on his kitchen table. One thing led to another, and surely enough the universe conspired to Rocky’s favor.