Sat 9 Jun 2012 | 7pm | £12.50 + bf
Raised in Harlem, New York, a young Rocky was no stranger to the cliché of the rap lifestyle, popularised by fellow Harlem patriarchs from Big L & Moe Dee to Ma$e and Cam’ron, and the recently incarcerated Harlemite Max B.
Named Rakim after the legendary NY emcee, the nickname Rocky soon stuck, with his brother later adding ASAP – meaning To Accumulate Status And Power, also the name of Rocky’s crew of Harlem-based contemporaries – when he realised his younger sibling’s talent in penning songs.
With an open-minded attitude to music from birth – raised on Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye, as well as 90s gangsta rap and local Harlem talent – it’s unsurprising that his own music draws inspiration from such stark opposites as the Red Hot Chilli Peppers & Hope Sandoval to Cee-Lo Green and MGMT. The result – a new, intriguing, distinctive sound – caused debut single Purple Swag to go viral, amassing 100K+ views on Youtube in a matter of days, with his mixtape LiveLoveA$AP following suit in October.
Avoiding hipster cliche and the recent “swag” overload with a more organic, yet still braggadocio style, the self-proclaimed “Pretty MotherFucker” is without doubt NYC’s young emcee to watch this year.
Support comes from UK hip hop/electronic producer and DJ Star Slinger. The show will also be followed by a full aftershow from 11pm-3am featuring Theophilius London, The Blessings and Codeine Drums.
14+ (Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult aged 18+)
Please enter through Argyle Street entrance
Legendary international acts, cult festivals and the most exciting new bands collide at one of the city’s most eclectic live venues.
It’s perhaps natural that, as one of the nation’s most unusual live music venues, our programme spans rock, pop, indie, electronica, soul, jazz, country, metal, folk, and the many sub-genres inbetween. The unique atmosphere and space of the building means it’s often used for anything from intimate acoustic gigs to stage-diving, sweaty rammies and slick, spectacular international concerts.
Supporting the best examples of the known and the not-so-known, the Arches stage is host to everything from the latest stars of leftfield pop, such as Grimes and Chvrches, to alternative indie rock acts such as Peace and Yeasayer, prog and rock heroes such as The Fall, Swans and Dinosaur Jnr, and cutting edge electronic talent, from Rustie to James Blake.
We also regularly plays host to international legends – from Martha Reeves to Ben E. King to Jane Birkin – and provide the perfect multi-room setting for various festivals, from Celtic Connections to the Glasgow Jazz Festival. In 2012, the hallowed arches played hosted to the UK-wide Africa Express tour, featuring Damon Albarn, Baaba Maal and a trainload of world music stars, and in 2013, the building was transformed into a sonic Cineplex for our own co-curated cult event the Glasgow Music and Film Festival, featuring live film scores and AV sets from Jeff Mills, Dieter Moebius and Raime.
“A classical gig in the vaults of Scotland’s dance mecca might sound an odd prospect, but the Arches proved the perfect setting”
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