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 Milion 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.
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.
How ASAP Rocky Grew His Net Worth to $10 Million
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).
A few years earlier, he made a path with Sony Music that handed him $1.7 million was for his solo career and another $1.3 million was for funding his company, ASAP.
With the attention he gained from the success of his debut album, Asap Rocky quickly launched his A$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$$. That same year, Forbes named him 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 from his shows and “six-figure nightly gross.”
In all, ASAP Rocky’s albums and singles sales, his merchandise brand, and endeavors related to fashion contributed hugely to his net worth estimated at $10 million as of 2020. Meanwhile, it has been expressed that the rapper could have been way richer if he hadn’t had a lot of issues with the law.
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 $1,270 to Jafari. In addition to that, he received a suspended prison sentence.
Before the sentence was passed, Asap spent a month in jail. The president of the United State got involved at some point, reaching out to his counterpart in Sweden to set Rocky free. But then, the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven insisted that the Swedish government is not allowed to interfere in such issues as Swedish courts are independent.
Just spoke to @KanyeWest about his friend A$AP Rocky’s incarceration. I will be calling the very talented Prime Minister of Sweden to see what we can do about helping A$AP Rocky. So many people would like to see this quickly resolved!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2019
His trial was finalized on the 2nd of August and Asap left the country that same day on his private jet.
What We Know About ASAP Rocky’s Love Life
This rapper has had a very busy love life even though he has never been married. Sometime in January 2020, it was rumored that he is dating Rihanna after the Barbadian singer ended her relationship with Hassan Jameel. 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.
Other popular people ASAP Rocky has been rumored to have dated include Sophie Brussaux, Kylie Jenner, Rita Ora, and Rosee Divine.
While the nature of what he had with these women is not clear, it is known that he dated Madison Skylar, Teyana Taylor, Iggy Azalea, Chanel Iman, Tahiry Jose, and Kendall Jenner. So far, the longest relationship he has kept is with Tahiry whom he dated from 2014 to 2017. Of course, his most popular was with Kendall even though it only lasted from 2016 to 2017. Things were pretty serious for him and Iman as they got engaged in April 2014 only to fall apart in June of the same year.