Star Slinger

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