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Aasim
Background information
Birth name Leroy Watson
Also known as Aasim D Xplicit, Aasim The Dream, The Answer
Origin Queens, New York
Genres Hip hop
Years active 2001–
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.[1] 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.[1] 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,[2] 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.[3][4] 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.

Discography

  • Money Pit (All City Music, July 18, 2005)
  • The Departed: This Ain't Reality TV (Mixtape, 2007)

References

  1. ^ a b Biography, Allmusic.com
  2. ^ Bad Boy Records Artist Aasim Readies 2007 Release, Rap News Network, April 3, 2007. Accessed October 1, 2007.
  3. ^ Album Review, Rapnews.co.uk, June 6, 2005. Accessed October 1, 2007.
  4. ^ Singles Collective. BBC, November 10, 2005. Accessed October 1, 2007.

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