Rakim Athelaston Mayers, better known in the hip-hop world as ASAP Rocky, is a one-person hitmaking team. Since he released his debut mixtape, "Long. Live. A$AP" in 2011, he has made leaps and bounds in the global hip-hop scene.
ASAP Rocky now has a variety of accolades, including BET and MTV, as well as Grammy nominations. Rakim Mayers has remained on top of his game for almost a decade now. Here are five hits from ASAP Rocky that prove that he has no limit:
Praise the Lord (Da Shine)
This ASAP Rocky hit features the British rapper Skepta, marking the third collaboration between the two artists. Skepta first appeared in the ASAP Mob album in 2016. Meanwhile, Rocky, a member of the hip-hop collective ASAP Mob, featured in Skepta's 2017 EP "Vicious."
released as the second single from his third studio album, 2018's "Testing." It was a hit on both the US and the UK, peaking at No. 45 of the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 18 on the UK Singles Chart. "Praise the Lord (Da Shine)" has received a double-platinum certification from the RIAA and a gold certification from the BPI.
It was released with a music video in June 2018, directed by Dexter Navy. "Praise the Lord" brings the best of both worlds, the music video features split screens showing Rocky in New York and Skepta in London.
It was credited as the song that catapulted ASAP Rocky to mainstream consciousness. It was first leaked online in August 2011, with radio stations picking it up and putting it on heavy playlist rotation. It would later be his official debut single under RCA Records. "Peso" was also the lead single from his critically acclaimed mixtape "Long. Live. A$AP."
While it only peaked at No. 75 on the Hot R&B/ Hip-Hop Songs, it paved the way for Rocky's stardom. His team released an Abteen Bagheri-directed music video in the same year. The YouTube music video for "Peso" now has 59 million views, catching the attention of Canadian superstar Drake when it passed the 17 million mark. It led to Rocky opening for Drake during one of his tours.
Released in 2012, this all-star track was the second single from his official debut album "Long. Live. ASAP," which came out the following year. It features Drake, 2 Chainz, and Kendrick Lamar on the verses. Even the hip-hop hitmaker Noah "40" Shebib contributed to the songwriting process.
"F**kin' Problems" charted in several countries, including the US, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, and Australia. In three Billboard charts - Hot R&B/ Hip-Hop Songs, Hot Rap Songs, and Rhythmic charts - the song peaked at the No. 2 spot. It has climbed up the No. 8 in the Hot 100 chart. In the UK, the peaked at No. 10 in the R&B Charts and No. 50 at their official singles chart.
To date, it was Rocky's most successful single, selling more than 5 million copies by October 2013. It was also accompanied by a music video directed by Sam Lecca and Clark Johnson. As of this writing, this all-star collab has raked in 230 million views since its release seven years ago.