Harlem-based rapper who first gained fame with his LiveLoveA$AP mix tape. His first studio album Long. Live. ASAP debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 in 2013 and earned him a nomination for a BET Award for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist. He stars in the 2015 feature film Dope.
He turned his focus to rapping at the age of 13, after his older brother was killed.
His parents named him Rakim Mayers after hip-hop icon Rakim. He also has an older sister named Erika.
He was featured on the remix to Rihanna's song, "Cockiness (Love It)" at the 2012 MTV Music Video Awards.