A$AP Rocky and Wiz Khalifa both forged their skills on the streets. Rocky was born in New York City in 1988 and named Rakim Mayers after old-school hip hop hero Rakim. He’s been rapping since the age of eight, initially as part of Harlem’s A$AP Mob. Wiz Khalifa, aka Cameron Thomaz, started out on the Pittsburgh hip hop scene, though as a military kid he also lived in Europe and Japan.
Never mind ‘Watch the Throne’: here’s ‘The Wiz ’n’ Rocky Show’! These two giants of the US scene have each made Number One albums, and between them have collaborated with a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ of hip hop – so their joint tour is a big deal if you like your rap low-slung and filthy.
A$AP Rocky’s 2011 mixtape ‘Live. Love. A$AP’ was an incredible piece of work that shot him to prominence and bagged him a multimillion-dollar record deal and a fashion line with Raf Simons. Wiz also has a strong personal brand: in some parts of the US you can buy Khalifa-brand medical marijuana and rolling papers. Kha-ching!
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Rocky is an adopted Londoner. Earlier this year he was living at the Langham Hotel where he gave a gross interview about how much he loves drugs and threesomes. Back in April he was involved in an altercation in one of the Brick Lane bagel shops and got told: ‘This is London, bruv. Calm yourself down.’