The 10 Biggest Moments of A$AP Rocky's Career So Far
January 15, 2013 - 5:18 pm
The Date: October 2011
The Moment: Announcing that he had signed a deal with RCA Records
Why It Was Big: Despite the fact that Rocky hadn't released LiveLoveA$AP yet, he was still able to ink a deal due to the success of his viral hit, "Purple Swag." Shortly after the announcement, Rocky also announced that he would be joining Drake on his "Club Paradise Tour" in late 2011 and early 2012.
The Date: October 2011
The Moment: Dropping LiveLoveA$AP and getting a great critical response to it
Why It Was Big: Prior to Rocky's mixtape dropping, there was some buzz surrounding his name but no one was really sure how much potential he actually had. But, once this mixtape dropped, his name was on the tip of everyone's tonuge almost immediately. His music really connected with people and, suddenly, he was considered one of the most promising young rappers in the game.
The Date: January 2012
The Moment: Bringing out Drake during his first show ever in Toronto
Why It Was Big: Drizzy is one of the biggest names in rap today. So, it was big for Rocky to bring him out during the first show he ever had in Drake's hometown of Toronto. It wasn't a huge surprise, though, as Drake had been cosigning Rocky since November 2011.
The Date: April 2012
The Moment: Bringing out Master P during his set at Coachella
Why It Was Big: A$AP Rocky pays homage to P on a line in his single, "Goldie." So, it was only right that he called on the former No Limit boss to make an appearance during one of his biggest shows of the year. It was a boss move by both artists.
The Date: June 2012
The Moment: Starring in the music video for Lana Del Rey's "National Anthem"
Why It Was Big: Not only did Rocky co-star in the music video. He also played the part of John F. Kennedy in the clip, which obviously helped him make headlines and introduced him to a lot of new fans.
The Date: August 2012
The Moment: Performing "Goldie" on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Why It Was Big: Just one year prior to his performance, Rocky was, more or less, an anonymous rapper. But, in less than a year's time, he worked his way into a position where he could perform one of his singles on a late-night TV show.
The Date: September 2012
The Moment: Grabbing Rihanna's butt at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards during a performance of the "Cockiness" remix
Why It Was Big: Had Rocky not grabbed Rih-Rih's rear end at the VMAs, he probably would have been an afterthought for most of the people watching at home. But, because he did it, he became one of the biggest stories to come out of last year's VMAs. The incident brought his name to light and introduced him to a whole new audience.
The Date: October 2012
The Moment: Releasing "Fuckin' Problems," featuring Drake, 2 Chainz, and Kendrick Lamar
Why It Was Big: A lot of artists released singles in 2012. But, very few of them—DJ Khaled notwithstanding—released singles that featured guest appearances from three of the hottest rappers in the game. But, Rocky did. Some saw that as a knock and criticized him for relying on guests to carry the single. But, we saw it as all three of those artists cosigning what Rocky had been doing throughout the year.
The Date: November 2012
The Moment: Getting added to the lineup for Rihanna's 2013 North American tour
Why It Was Big: Although the tour doesn't officially launch until March, it was big for Rihanna to cosign Rocky and his music. His presence on her tour will win him a bunch of new fans and will give him access to a whole new audience in the coming year.
The Date: January 2013
The Moment: Having "Fuckin' Problems" go gold with more than 590,000 digital sales
Why It Was Big: Although Rocky has had a buzz for the better part of the last year, that hadn't really translated into much in terms of actual sales. But, thanks to the success of "Fuckin' Problems" and the fact that it went gold, it's evident that Rocky is not just a buzzworthy artist anymore. He's a guy who can actually move some units. So, how many do you think he'll move this week?