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When A$AP Rocky’s second studio album, At.Long.Last.A$AP, dropped in May, there was one question on everybody’s search bars. Who is Joe Fox? Aside from a brief cameo at Rocky’s Red Bull Music Academy lecture earlier this year, the British singer remains totally unknown; and yet, he featured on five tracks on the record, alongside Future, M.I.A., and Kanye West.
Fox’s online footprint is small: he released a crowd-funded EP in 2013 (now removed from Spotify), and there’s traces of old performances on Youtube. But it seems that before meeting Rocky, Fox’s hustle was mostly offline—keeping things old-fashioned, just like his ’60s-throwback psychedelic rock songs. During the aforementioned RBMA lecture, the rapper said that he and Fox first crossed paths in the middle of the night on the streets of Soho, London, when Joe was busking and selling CDs.
Text source: The Fader