Harlem rap newcomer A$AP Rocky has announced the passing of his father a day after Christmas and posted an Instagram photo of him.
While details are still fuzzy, Rocky broke the news early Wednesday (December 26).
“R.I.P DAD , UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN . “SEE MY DADDY IN HEAVEN , HE BE DA REALIST G” TTTLhttp://instagr.am/p/TtMj46Ba_Q/,” Rocky tweeted December 26th. (A$AP Rocky’s Twitter)
The news encouraged R&B diva Rihanna to send her thoughts to Rocky.
“My most sincere condolences bro #BajanBlood “@asvpxrocky: R.I.P DAD , UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN . “SEE MY DADDY IN HEAVEN , HE BE DA REALIST G”,” she tweeted December 26th. (Rihanna’s Twitter)
Rocky has credited both his father and mother for naming him after rap mogul Rakim.
It’s unclear what caused the death, or when it happened. A$AP Rocky has spoken about his dad in interviews, crediting both his parents with naming him Rakim as a nod to the legendary Rakim, of Eric B. & Rakim fame. (ABC News Radio Online)
The rapper’s father reportedly did time behind bars in the early 2000’s.
When he was 12 years old, his father went to jail in connection with selling drugs. A year later his older brother was killed near his apartment, which inspired him to take rapping seriously. Mayers, who had started rapping at age eight, grew up admiring Harlem-based rap group The Diplomats, and also lists among his influences Three 6 Mafia, Mobb Deep, Wu-Tang Clan, UGK, Run DMC and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. After living in a shelter with his mother, and elsewhere around Manhattan, Mayers moved to Elmwood Park, New Jersey. (Wikipedia)
Check out a recent A$AP Rocky interview: