Aasim (born Leroy Watson in Jamaica, Queens, New York) is an American rapper, who first began rapping at the age of 12, and signed his first record deal with 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.

Aasim Manzary
Birth nameLeroy Watson
Also known asAasim D Xplicit, Aasim Manzary The Dream, Aasim Manzary The Answer, Aasim Social Club
OriginSouth Jamaica, Queens, New York
GenresHip hop
Years active2001–present
LabelsBad Boy Records, Social Club Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Grind Music

His debut album, Money Pit, was released in 2005, featuring appearances from Black Rob and Fat Joe. Aasim has continued work as a writer for Bad Boy and was featured on Diddy's 2006 album Press Play. He received positive press in Britain for his releases.[2][3] Aasim was featured in the Electronic Arts video game, NBA Live 08, and released a song called "Go Off", featuring Joell Ortiz and produced by Sean C. and LV of The Hitmen.


Studio albums
  • Money Pit (2005)
  • The Departed: This Ain't Reality TV (2007)
  • Off The Shelf (2010)
  • Money Pit 2 (2010)
  • The Money Pit 3 (2011)
  • We Invented The Remix (2011)
  • We Invented The Remix Pt 2 (2012)
  • Live At The Tunnel: The Ski Mask Way (2012)
  • Burlesque (2013)
  • The Sex Tape (2013)


  1. Biography, Allmusic.com
  2. Album Review, Rapnews.co.uk, June 6, 2005. Accessed October 1, 2007.
  3. Singles Collective Archived October 6, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. BBC, November 10, 2005. Accessed October 1, 2007.
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