By Shannon Carlin

The hip-hop coming of age film Dope marks A$AP Rocky’s film debut. Can New York’s own rap fashionista hold is own on camera?

Let’s start with the cold hard facts. In Dope (which opens June 19) A$AP Rocky—whose real name is Rakim Mayers—plays a drug dealer named Dom, who ends up being the catalyst for our protagonist Malcom’s (Shameik Moore) terrible, horrible, no good, very bad couple of days.

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Malcolm is a geek from Inglewood, California who was raised by his single mother, loves ’90s hip-hop (check out that flattop) and has aspirations to attend Harvard, which makes him an outsider and a punching bag for bullies who want to steal his vintage Nikes.

Dom is the flip-side of the same coin. He also grew up in in the downtown L.A. city but has become a gun-toting drug dealer, which is unfortunately the status quo.

Dom, though, is a new take on the drug dealer, and Rocky manages to give the minor character some depth. 

Read the complete review of A$AP Rocky’s role in Dope on


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