He began rapping at age 8. His mother was unemployed at the time. When Mayers was 12, his brother was murdered in upscale Manhattan.
Between 2006-07, he joined the ASAP Mob, which was made by the late ASAP Yams (who died in early 2015), ASAP Bari and ASAP Illz. He currently owns leadership of the collective since Yams' death.
In June 2011, he made his debut with the “Purple Swag” video, which amassed an impressive 100K+ views in a matter of days. Later released as a digital single on iTunes, it earned a $3m deal with RCA Records and granted him his and Yams' own label, A$AP Worldwide (internationally branded as AWGE, Inc.). Later in 2011, he released his debut mixtape since his signing with RCA, LiveLoveA$AP, which was critically acclaimed. The mixtape's second track, "Peso", was the mostly-praised track in modern day hip-hop.
Now with the "Peso" video receiving over 2M+ views on YouTube in a week, he later announced his debut album with a single, "Goldie", released in April 2012. The song, produced by HIT-BOY, peaked at #65 on the Bubbling Under Rap Songs chart, becoming Rocky's commercially-disappointing single in his career. In October 2012, he released his album's second single, "F***in' Problems", featuring Drake, Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz, which was produced by Noah Shebib; peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the pair's highly-successful and highest-charting Top 10 hit single at the time. By the end of 2012, he lost his father via acute drug intoxication.
On January 15, 2013, he released his solo debut album, Long.Live.A$AP; his first major release for A$AP Worldwide/Polo Grounds/RCA. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, giving Rocky his first number-one album to date. On March 31, 2015, both Long.Live.A$AP and "F***in' Problems" were respectively certified Gold and 2x Platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). With the success of this, he went on tours and frequently collaborated with Wiz Khalifa, Tyler, The Creator, Schoolboy Q, Nas, Meek Mill, Big Sean, Lil Wayne, Tinashe, Sam Smith, Selena Gomez, ASAP Mob, Fetty Wap, among others.
In 2014, he later announced an instrumental project and a ASAP Mob EP in work, L.O.R.D., with a release of the EP's single, "H***a H**s", along with co-horts ASAP Ferg, ASAP Nast and ASAP Twelvy. Nonetheless, ASAP Yams privately announced on his Tumblr account that the album was officially scrapped, now leaving Rocky's next release another project under the AWGE brand. It is currently unknown whether if Rocky is still working on the instrumental project, but with no further details or if the project was completely abandoned or scrapped as well.
On October 6, 2014, Rocky returned to music with the launch of his music giveaway called "Flacko Jodye Season", which first premiered with "Multiply" featuring Juicy J. However, the song sparked controversy when several celebrities including Jim Jones, 50 Cent, Jadakiss and Ty$ responded to the song via comments and/or interviews.
On New Year's Day 2015, Rocky released another single, "LPFJ2" (17 long days before the death of ASAP Yams), which would later become an official single for his sophomore effort along with "Everyday", "Electric Body", "LSD" and the iTunes-exclusive, "M's" (later featuring Lil Wayne).
On May 26, 2015, Rocky's second album, At. Long. Last. A$AP, was released a week early than June 2, due to an internet leakage. The album was critically disappointed and suffered low sales, but did, however, became Rocky's second-in-a-row consecutive album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200. It stayed at #1 on the Rap Albums chart for 5 weeks, before being pushed off the top slot by Meek Mill's "Dreams Worth More Than Money", which also debuted at #1.
That same year, Rocky made a cameo role on the movie "Dope", which opened in theatres on June 26th.
As of 2015, Rocky has recently left Polo Grounds/RCA Records and is now going independent, along with the ASAP Mob (excluding Ferg).