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A$AP Rocky was named after Rakim

A$AP Rocky‘s government name is Rakim Mayers and his sisters’ is Erika B Mayers, as a tribute to the famous rap duo Eric B. & Rakim who released their debut album Paid in Full in 1987. A$AP Rocky’s mother was a big Eric B. & Rakim fan.

A$AP Rocky’s mother appeared in his Noisey documentary, SVDDXNLY at 4:00 saying “Back in ’88, Rakim & Eric B, they was popping… I’m a hip-hop lover, I’m a music lover. So, if I had a boy he was gonna be named Rakim.”

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Watch Angie Martinez introduce A$AP Rocky to Rakim below.

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