A$AP Rocky, formally known as Rakim Mayers, is an ambitious 23 year old swag-infused rapper from Harlem, NY who is rapidly taking the hip-hop world by storm. Earlier this year, as part of the A$AP (Always Strive And Prosper) crew, Mayers released the tracks “Pe$o” and “Purple Swag” which captured the attention of radio stations, blogs, and record labels across the nation. Within a month, he was signed to a $3 million dollar deal with Sony/RCA and in October of this year released the mix-tape LiveLoveA$AP. The mixtape has been positively reviewed by many, including none other than Drake, who personally contacted Mayers recently and added him to his Club Paradise Tour. In the early part of 2012, Mayers will also be releasing a highly anticipated compilation with his A$AP family, entitled LongLiveA$AP. A$AP Rocky’s distinct sound is hard to categorize but tends to have a southern or almost west coast feel to it, which has helped separate him from the current NY hip-hop sound. I do want to point out that the southern feel to Mayers sound is mostly a result of the music and beats created by the talented 18 year old A$AP member TY Beats, who was recruited by Mayers from Southern Virginia. TY created a majority of the beats for the mix-tape, including the featured tracks “Pe$o” and “Purple Swag”. Be sure to check back here for updates on A$AP Rocky, grab his latest mixtape here, and keep up with him on Facebook and his official website.