|Net Worth:||$10 million|
|Income Sources:||Music career, A$AP merchandise brand, collaboration with Rocky called GUE$$|
|Age/Date of Birth:||33 years old (October 03, 1988)|
|Height:||5 ft 10½ in or 179 cm|
The New York City-based American rapper Rakim Mayers, better known as Asap Rocky has acquired a lot of wealth from his career as a musician as much as he is famous for it. Mayers is also a noted record producer, producing under the pseudonym ‘Lord Flacko’ and also has his clothing line.
Raised without a father (as he was mostly behind bars) in a crime-ridden poor neighborhood in Harlem, New York City, Rocky was inspired to take his interest in rap music more seriously after the killing of his brother Rick. Today, the rapper is far from his days living in shelters with his mother and sister and has ultimately freed his family from poverty.
Financial Breakthrough With a $3 Million Record Deal
Asap Rocky toiled for many years before he started earning from making music. Rakim Mayers started singing at the age of eight after he reportedly learned to rap from his brother. After the death of his brother, Mayers became more devoted to rapping but it wasn’t earning him anything so he had to sell snack foods to make a living.
ASAP Rocky joined the ASAP Mob crew formed by people in Harlem sharing a similar interest in music, fashion, and arts. He debuted with his single ‘Peso’ which was leaked before the release but grabbed attention from several radio stations in New York.
This marked the beginning of a career in music. His first music video ‘Purple Swag’ got him noticed by several record labels and he signed a $3 million record deal with RCA Records. It also saw him start his own label called ASAP Worldwide with another rapper ASAP Yams.
Most of His $10 Million Net Worth Came from Record Sales
Rocky started rising to prominence with a series of mixtapes and singles like ‘Goldie’, ‘Lords Never Worry’, ‘Long. Live. ASAP’, and others that made it to the top of Billboard charts. His debut studio album, Long. Live. ASAP (2013), led the chart in Billboard 200, sold thousands of copies in the first week of release, and was eventually certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
So far, his body of work includes three studio albums, one mixtape, and no fewer than 40 singles. He has sold millions of records across the globe and the revenue generated thereof has been the prime source of his wealth.
His Wealth Has Been Buoyed Up with Income from Concert Tours
After making a name with his music videos and singles, ASAP Rocky started touring with famous musicians like Kendrick Lamar and Drake. He also performed a guest rap on Rihanna’s song ‘Cockiness (Love It)’ at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards. As much as this went a long way to establish him in the industry, it afforded the rapper a chance to gain some financial stability and build his net worth.
Given the status he has attained in the music industry, the rapper commands a huge paycheck for performing in shows. It has been reported in some quarters that he gets as much as $100,000 per show. Forbes validated this claim in 2016 when it named Rocky on its list of the world’s highest-paid hip-hop acts. The American business magazine specified that the rapper made as much as $14.5 million that year, thanks to his “six-figure nightly gross”.
Earnings from His Exploits In the Fashion Industry
With the attention he gained from the success of his debut album, Asap Rocky quickly launched his A$AP merchandise brand. As one would expect, this enhanced his earning power, but things got even better for him when he started collaborating with the famous Belgian fashion designer, Raf Simons.
Asap Rocky’s passion in the fashion industry became clear in February 2016 when he partnered with Guess, a popular American clothing brand and retailer, to launch a clothing line called GUE$$. In all, ASAP Rocky’s endeavors related to fashion have contributed hugely to his net worth estimated at $10 million.
The Rapper Was Worth $15 Million in 2016
It has been expressed that the rapper could have been way richer if he hadn’t had a lot of issues with the law. As you’d soon learn, he has faced a lot of legal issues over the years and each of them made him part with some portion of his wealth.
As of 2016, the rapper was worth as much as $15 million. He isn’t known to be financially reckless, so the legal problems he has faced is the only veritable explanation to why his wealth shrank to $10 million.
A Run-down of The Rapper’s Legal Woes Over The Years
ASAP Rocky has been involved in a lot of legal incidents, some of which have been traced back to the days he wasn’t a popular name. Way back in 2004, for instance, he spent two weeks at New York City’s main jail complex for drug dealing. Many years later in July 2012, he was arrested on two different occasions for participating in a brawl and assaulting two photographers who took photos of him while he was doing illegal drugs.
The following year, he was dragged to court by a woman who claimed he slapped her at the Budweiser Made in America Festival. The rapper and the woman settled the case in April 2015 but 2016 saw Asap involved in another legal issue that revolved around a fistfight in New Zealand. In January 2019, he was again involved in a scuffle in Toronto.
ASAP was able to get himself out of all the legal troubles delineated above but the assault case he faced in Stockholm, Sweden sometime in July 2019 came close to ruining his career and has been hindering his earning power. For instance, he had to cancel his appearance at Western University’s Purple Fest in Canada as he was denied a visa.
An Overview of The Sweden Assault Case
The rapper was formally charged with assault causing visible bodily harm on the 25th of July 2019 following an altercation between one Mustafa Jafari, ASPA, and three of his entourage. It was claimed that Rocky and his guards assaulted Jafari who asked for $14,200 in damages. Although the rapper pleaded “not guilty” he was convicted of assault and ordered to pay $1,270 to Jafari. In addition to that, he received a suspended prison sentence.
Before the sentence was passed, Asap spent a month in jail. The president of the United State got involved at some point, reaching out to his counterpart in Sweden to set Rocky free. But then, the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven insisted that the Swedish government is not allowed to interfere in such issues as Swedish courts are independent.
His trial was finalized on the 2nd of August and Asap left the country that same day on his private jet.
ASAP Rocky Has Been Dating Rihanna Since 2019
This rapper has had a very busy love life even though he has never been married. Sometime in late 2019, it was rumored that he is dating Rihanna after the Barbadian singer ended her relationship with Hassan Jameel.
The two were seen together on several occasions and in July of 2019, Rihanna featured the rapper in her Fenty Skin campaign. This had them carry out several interviews together and for many, it became apparent they had something going on more than being friends.
But Their Relationship Dates Back to the Early 2010s
This is not the first time the two have been romantically linked. They were said to be a couple back in 2013, but it was never confirmed. Nonetheless, we can tell that Rocky and the Barbadian singer have been friends for a long time.
Back in 2012, A$AP Rocky featured in Rihanna’s song, “Cockiness”, and the following year, he opened for her during her Diamond World Tour. A few years later (in 2018), they attended the Louis Vuitton fashion show in Paris together. And the following year (2019), they were also seen together at the Fashion Awards in London.
Other Popular Women He Has Dated
ASAP Rocky has been rumored to have dated Sophie Brussaux, Kylie Jenner, Madison Skylar, Rita Ora, and Rosee Divine. While the nature of what he had with these women is not clear, it is known that he dated the following women.
Teyana Taylor (2006 – 2007)
Taylor is an American singer-songwriter and actress who has also thrived as a dancer, choreographer, and model. Now married to Iman Shumpert, it is believed that she had something with the rapper that began in 2006 and ended in 2007.
The two played a couple who fall in love and got married in Teyana’s music video for Issues/Hold On.
Iggy Azalea (2011 – 2012)
Iggy is an Australian rapper, songwriter, and former model. It is said that she moved to the United States from Sydney when she was 16 to pursue a career in music. While at that, she met Rocky, and they dated from 2011 to 2012.
They were so much in love that Iggy got a tattoo that read “Live, Love, A$AP”. This wasn’t enough to keep them going as they soon parted ways leaving Iggy with no option but to get rid of the tat.
Chanel Iman (2012 – 2014)
Things were pretty serious for A$AP Rocky and Iman as they got engaged in April 2014 only to fall apart in June of the same year. An American model famed for her work with Victoria’s Secret, Iman and the rapper began dating in 2012 and were great together.
April 2014 came and he secretly proposed to the model. But then, they called off the engagement that same year and Rocky later disclosed it was an amicable separation. Based on what he said, he’s still friends with Chanel.
Tahiry Jose (2014 – 2017)
So far, the longest relationship the rapper has kept is with Tahiry whom he dated from 2014 to 2017. An actress famed as a cast member of Love & Hip Hop: New York, Jose is also known for works like Beautiful Destroyer (2015) and Interludes (2012).
Reports have it that theirs was an off-on and secretive relationship because the rapper wanted it that way. It has also been suggested that A$PA cheated on Tahiry with Kendall Jenner.
Kendall Jenner (2016 – 2017)
His relationship with Kendall will remain one of his most popular even though it only lasted from 2016 to 2017. It is believed that the former lovers had an on-off relationship that began in February 2016 after the rapper attended one of Kendall’s events.
They were spotted together on various occasions in the year that followed until it became apparent that what they had, had ended.
|Estimated Net Worth:||$10 million|
|Source of Wealth:||Music career, A$AP merchandise brand, collaboration with Rocky called GUE$$|
|Also Known As:||Lord Flacko, A$AP Rocky, A$AP, A$AP Mob, Always Strive and Prosper|
|Profession:||Rapper, record producer, music video director, model, songwriter, actor|
|Famous For:||His debut album "Long. Live. A$AP" and performing the mix tape Live. Love ASAP in the year 2011 which led him to strike a multi-million dollar deal with Polo Grounds Music, RCA Records and Sony Music Entertainment.|
|Colleges/Universities Attended:||Not known|
|Educational Qualifications:||Not known|
|Birthday & Zodiac
|Age/Date of Birth:||33 years old (October 03, 1988)|
|Birth Place:||Harlem, New York City, New York, USA|
|Country of Residence: ||USA|
|Height:||5 ft 10½ in or 179 cm|
|Weight:||74 kg or 163 pounds|
|Eye Colour:||Dark Brown|
|Other Body Measurements:||Chest – 38 in or 96.5cm, Arms / Biceps – 13 in or 33 cm, Waist – 32 in or 81 cm|
|Spouse/Partner:||He has dated Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, and model Chanel Iman|
|Family and Relatives
|Siblings:||older sister, Erika B. Mayers (died in September 2016)|
|Other Relatives:||ASAP Nast (Rapper) (Cousin)|