A$AP P teams up with Bompton’s Jay Worthy (from LNDN DRGS) for a new EP in tribute to the late, great A$AP Yams on Yams Day 2017. P On the DRGS available on Apple Music now. Peep the video for lead track “Let Me Be The 1” below.
A$AP Mob have announced the 2nd Annual Yams Day taking place in NYC on January 18th, 2017. Check out the stacked line-up above, featuring the Mob, Flatbush Zombies, Lil Uzi Vert, Danny Brown, Joey Bada$$ and more.Tickets are available now.
The A$AP Yams Book of Gems is available now exclusively at TrapLord.com.
All proceeds will be donated to the development of the ASAP Foundation.
Tatianna Paulino is the mother of the late hip-hop manager and executive Steven Rodriguez—or as the world knew him, A$AP Yams. He died at the age of 26 in 2015 from a drug overdose. He helped orchestrate the rise of A$AP Mob, which has produced rappers A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, and more. We chronicled the rise or A$AP Rocky in our documentary SXDDVNLY.
Below, Paulino writes about the experience of his death and how it’s shaped her.
Today would have been my son Steven Rodriguez’s 28th birthday.
But at about 3 AM on the morning of January 18 2015, the phone rang displaying the number of his roommate. Steven, aka A$AP Yams, was the founder of the hip hop collective A$AP Mob; he would sometimes phone me from his friend’s number. But at this hour, I knew it wasn’t good. “Mama Tati, Steven isn’t feeling well.” I could barely make out the anxiety-ridden voice on the other end, and my heart began beating wildly.
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Join A$AP Ferg and Ajani Brathwaite for the NYC release of A$AP Yams Gems next week at Community 54. The book release will include a signing and music by DJ Nolita. It all goes down August 10th from 4pm to 8pm. Don’t miss your chance to grab a copy of these rare scriptures.
Thanks to Yahoo Music you can relive last nights performances from the first annual Yams Day in New York City. Watch A$AP Mob, Pro Era, French Montana, Lil Uzi Vert, Action Bronson, Dash & Retch, Yung Gleesh, and many more take the stage at Terminal 5, above.
A$AP Yams’ legacy is going to grow even larger in the wake of his untimely death. It’s sad but true and, in ways, it’s appropriate. While half the rap world mourns the loss, the other half is wondering why the Mob member who didn’t rap is so highly favored by the half that’s mourning his death.
There’s no simple answer except to say he was very influential. While he wasn’t widely recognized, those who knew his work were aware that he was an integral part of what made A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg and the Mob as a whole so well known just by being the heartbeat and largely considered the brains behind their music, fashion sense and online presence. So, it’s in his death that people across the board will come forward with positive things to share about Puerto Rican R.Kelly aka Rice’N Beckford and a hundred other nicknames.
And it was that online presence that stuck out the most to me. For the past couple of years, Yamborghini stood as one of the funniest people on Twitter and one of the better follows in any heavy Tumblr users dashboard. His Twitter was a goldmine of laughs crafted in 140 characters but Tumblr is where he really defined his greatness. The place was carefully put together with him sharing new Mob music, old school rap pics, his mixes, highlighting other artists he liked well before anyone else or outlet did and his color and candor that shined through as he replied to users questions, which he did frequently.
With that in mind, here are a handful of questions and answers taken from Wavy Bones’ Tumblr.
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It’s hard to imagine a time when the A$AP Mob didn’t exist. A$AP Ferg, one the Mob’s breakout stars, is phoning in from Kansas City, Missouri on G-Eazy’s When It’s Dark Out Tour contemplating this thought. He backs it up with the fact that the late A$AP Yams had the foresight to see the crew’s lasting power.
“You gotta think when A$AP Mob came into existence; it was nothing like us out. And Yams had the vision for all of that,” Ferg says. “He was a kid like everybody else, but he was on a new level, and nobody was on it. So when we came out, it was fresh. Everybody wanted a piece of A$AP. They wanted to know us, they wanted to be our friends, they wanted learn from us. And now, this is just a product of what happened.”
Ferg is referring to New York crews evolving from the models of Dipset and G-Unit, who all promoted a grittier sound rather than reinvent the future. As the Mob were the driving forces of an open-minded, universal approach to making music, it set the stage for Flatbush Zombies, Pro Era, The Underachievers and more to flourish. While A$AP Rocky became the poster-child for drawing inspirations at all points of the map, Yams deserves just as much credit for shaping the eclectic palates of the Internet generation and being an advocate for new acts behind the scenes.
Remember the legend that is A$AP Yams and some of his most timeless tweets with a copy of A$AP Yams Gems, compiled by Bronx resident Ajani Brathwaite. The book is includes some of Yams’ most memorable tweets for you to revisit and is set to release on January 18th, the 1 year anniversary of his passing. You can pre-order your copy here; all proceeds go to A$AP Yams’ family. #LongLiveASAPYams.
In 2015, the world lost A$AP Yams, one of the most influential curators of music, fashion and culture over the past decade. Known to friends as the A$AP Mob “spirit guide”, the founder and co-owner of A$AP Worldwide left an indelible mark both in his hometown of Harlem, NYC and a rippling effect across digital platforms, cross-blending cultures and genres with his blessing and the A$AP stamp. On January 18th, 2016, A$AP Rocky and the A$AP Mob, Flatbush Zombies, A$ton Matthews, The Cozy Boys, Joey Fatts, Lil Uzi and special guest Joey Bada$$ will come together to celebrate the life and legacy of Steve “A$AP Yams” Rodriguez at the SOLD OUT show at Terminal 5 in New York.
Tyler Grosso is that little emo kid in the corner at the party who gets more girls than pretty much everyone without even trying. He’s also a member of the infamous A$AP Mob and the founder of his own brand, Superrradical. He’s also probably one of the last people you would ever expected to do a podcast but I put in a few calls and made it happen. I got Tyler to tell me his entire story including some never before heard details about bootlegging Odd Future merch, being homeless, getting temporarily kicked out of A$AP and why he hates Travis Scott. All in all a great interview even though the video cut out towards the end.
00:30 Growing up
04:00 Making fake Odd Future merch
13:40 Meeting Yams
22:00 Sleeping on the floor
25:00 Asking people to wear your shirts
26:50 RIP Yams
34:00 Super Radical
39:00 Moving to California
57:00 Ass Pizza checks in
59:30 The Players Club
1:02:00 Getting kicked out of A$AP temporarily
1:05:00 Raider Klan beef
1:07:30 Why he hates Travis Scott
In 2013 A$AP Rocky was given a sneaker collaboration with adidas on a pair of all-black Jeremy Scott Wings sneakers, and it was only a matter of time before his right-hand man, A$AP Ferg, got his chance to work with the brand, too.
It’s two years later and a lot has changed for the A$AP Mob since those days. They’ve lost their mentor, A$AP Yams, and it’s directly affecting Ferg’s project with adidas, as he’s chosen to dedicate the sneaker he designed to the late Yams.
The collection comes in the form of two “Hood Pope” colorways of the adi-Ease skateboarding shoe, along with a T-shirt featuring a painting of Yams that Ferg did himself.
With Art Basel taking place in Miami right now, adidas and Ferg have gone down to Florida to open an art gallery, titled “Always Strive and Prosper,” for the collection, which opens today at 9 p.m. at 337 SW 8th St.
The sneakers also released today, too, and can be purchased here for $70. To further understand how this sneaker collaboration came about and how much Yams influenced it, we spoke to Ferg himself.
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