A year and a day ago, the young visionary commonly known as A$AP Yams (or Puerto Rican R. Kelly to the thotties), born Steven Rodriguez, was tragically taken away from the world far too soon. The original member of the A$AP Mob, and visionary behind the success of the whole mob, and specifically Rocky and Ferg, was known throughout the ndustry for his genius tactics, and wild lifestyle. Unfortunately his lifestyle finally caught up with him, and on January 18th, 2015 Yams lost the fight with substance abuse. His legacy still living on stronger than ever (not to mention being a main inspiration behind the creation of this blog), the mob decided to throw a special concert and ceremony in his honour this past Monday, “Yams Day”. Taking place in Terminal 5 in Manhattan, Yams Day featured performances and sets from some of NYC’s biggest names, as well as a few other industry all stars.
Check out a quick recap of the event below, and if you got a while to kill, scroll down and check out the full stream of the concert via Yahoo, below!
Yams Day Event Recap
After thousands waited in line in the sub-zero temperatures before packing the Manhattan venue, Canadian DJ A-Trak was up first to get the crowd jumping. Swirling effortlessly between classic Dipset cuts to stuff like “Swag Surf” and Waka’s “Grove St. Party”, while select members of the mob like Lou Banga cruised through offering up some choice ad-libs, keeping the mood lil to say the least.
Next up, Statik Selektah and Joey Bada$$ took the stage for a heavy set. Opening up with “Paper Trail$”, to some more fan-favourites like “No. 99”, inviting the whole Pro-Era crew up; Joey set the mood. Ending off with a moment of silence for Yams and Capital Steez (a recently deceased member of the Pro-Era), you could tell the rest of the night was going to be a special one.
Lil Uzi Vert & the Flatbush Zombies took command of the crowd next. Uzi stormed back and forth leading the sea of arm-waves while Lou and the boys squadded up on the couch and on the back of the stage, before Flatbush Zombies came on to flex for a bit.
But of course, the highlight of the night belonged to the Mob. Most lit, and most meaningful, easily. After a great moment with Yams’ family on stage, Rocky made sure the crowd was going absolutley bonkers the whole time, and Ferg even threw down a clever little acapella freestyle for the crowd. Embracing the whole squad and even bringing out some huge guests (including French Montana for a few cuts, Rocky and Ferg led the way, with the crowd losing their mind when the “LPFJ2” beat dropped – this was a special one to Yams.
“Always strive and prosper” – the closing words from Tatiana Paulino to the nearly 3000 fans in attendance, celebrating her sons life. Rocky closed the show with some touching words, and reminded the crowd what they had been able to accomplish thanks to Yams, with promises of even more success – and a bigger venue for next year. Safe to say, Yams Day was a success. Thanks for everything; #RIPYAMS.
Stream the full concert via Yahoo, here. (WILL UPDATE WITH YOUTUBE VERSION WHEN AVAILABLE)
SETLIST (Via Noisey):
Fuckin’ Up the Count
Bring Em Out
Madeintyo & Royce Rizzy:
Flex Up & Win
I Want (Skr Skr) (Remix) feat. A$AP Rocky
Fetti (Playboi Carti)
Fuck Do You Mean
Alchemist (DJ set)
A-Trak (DJ set)
Hail Razor (Pro Era)
Live for the Highs, Live through the Lows (Nyck Caution)
Knight Time (Kirk Knight)
Mixed By Ali (DJ Set)
Lil Uzi Vert:
All My Chains
Super Saiyan Trunks
Yammy Gang (A$AP Ferg)
Let It Go (A$AP Ferg)
Work (A$AP Ferg) (feat. French Montana)
Off the Rip (French Montana) (Remix) (feat. A$AP Rocky)
Shabba Ranks (A$AP Ferg and A$AP Rocky)
WDYW (Lil Uzi Vert)
Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye
1 Train (A$AP Rocky feat. Joey Bada$$, Danny Brown)
Last Year Being Broke (A$AP Twelvyy)
New Level (A$AP Ferg)
Peso (A$AP Rocky)
Water (Yung Gleesh)