|Birth name||Leroy Watson|
|Also known as||Aasim D Xplicit, Aasim The Dream, The Answer|
|Origin||Queens, New York|
|Labels||Bad Boy Records, Universal|
Aasim (born Leroy Watson, in 1979, in Kew Gardens, Queens, New York) is an American rapper. Aasim first began rapping at the age of 12, and signed a record deal Schott Free of Loud Records at 17. While signed to the label, Aasim learned songwriting from Big Pun and Dead Prez but never released any material. When his deal with Loud Records fell through, he moved to Grind Music, and worked the mixtape and local New York radio circuits. In 2004, Puff Daddy heard him on the radio and signed him to Bad Boy Records. His first album, Money Pit, came out in 2005, and featured appearances from Black Rob and Fat Joe. A second LP was to follow in 2007, but a release date has not been announced, and in the interim Aasim continued working as a writer for Bad Boy, including on Diddy's 2006 album Press Play. He received positive press in Britain for his releases. Aasim was recently featured in Electronic Arts video game NBA Live 08, and just released a song called "Go Off," featuring Joell Ortiz and produced by Sean C. and LV of The Hitmen.