Rising rapper A$Ap Rocky is determined to work hard to achieve his music dreams to honour his late father's memory.

The hip-hop newcomer, real name Rakim Mayers, was dealt a blow on Boxing Day (26Dec12) when his dad passed away and Rocky admits his busy schedule to promote the release of his debut album, Long. Live. A$Ap, has helped him overcome the personal tragedy.

The 24 year old tells the Bbc, "My journey didn't get low until recently when I lost my dad. That was pretty rough coming into the year but things are shaping up now. He's up there, blessing me.

"My dad came into this country from Barbados with nothing and he had 12 children and took care of every one of them. He worked hard every day."