A$AP Rocky Interview with GQ

@Djordje / 26 Jan, 2019

At certain points during last week’s Yams Day—the fourth iteration of a concert that pays tribute to late A$AP Mob co-founder A$AP Yams—the scene at the Barclays Center more closely resembles a professional wrestling match than a star-studded hip-hop show. Sure, the crowd is primarily of sub-drinking age, and almost universally dressed in the logos so intimately associated with contemporary rap fandom: Off-White, VLone, Supreme, Yeezy, and The North Face. They are there to see the night’s headliner, A$AP Rocky, and whichever “special guests” the A$AP Mob organizers promised would materialize throughout the event. But A$AP Yams was a devoted WWE fan, so the in the center of the Barclays floor there’s a wrestling ring, and as the fans stream in an undercard fight between semi-pro wrestlers Bryan Idol and Gabriel Skye gets underway.

In front of a sold-out crowd of 19,000, as underground Chicago producer-turned-rapper Icytwat bobs and weaves around them to a trap beat, Idol and Skye trade facebusters and chokeslams. Various Soundcloud rappers dripping in iced-out chains hang near the ropes, egging them on. Finally, as Skye lies prostrate on his back in the center of the ring’s massive smiley face-emblazoned mat, the ref raises Idol’s chiseled arm in victory. That is, until A$AP Rocky, wearing Jordan 1s, fluorescent pink Needles x AWGE track pants, and a long white VLone tee materializes right next to Idol—and drops him with a Stone Cold stunner. The ref raises Rocky’s fist. Barclays shakes to its foundation. (According to Idol, the move was not pre-planned.)

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