A$AP Rocky leads the ‘cloud rap’ storm
Rising MC gives East Coast rap a Southern spin
As Rakim famously rapped in 1987, it’s not where you’re from, but where you’re at. In 2012, it’s appropriate that a rapper with the same name - Rakim Mayers, better known as A$AP Rocky - is proving his namesake correct. The 23-year old Harlem native, who performs Monday night at the Middle East, is in the midst of one of the more remarkable come-ups in recent hip-hop history, with a lengthy catalog of one-hit burn-outs born on the Internet.