A$AP Rocky Covers The Wall Street Journal March Style Issue

@Djordje / 05 Mar, 2020

A$AP Rocky grabs at his left leg and gasps with pain. “I did a front flip into the crowd last night—and landed on this kid’s head,” he explains, wincing as he limps across the floorboards of Jimi Hendrix’s old studio.

It’s 6:30 p.m. on a January Saturday, and Rocky’s on the top floor of Electric Lady Studios, the Greenwich Village recording complex Hendrix built just before his death in 1970. The front flip in question happened at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, during a mammoth concert-qua-party, known as Yams Day, which Rocky throws annually in honor of his late friend A$AP Yams. Yams died of an accidental drug overdose in 2015 at age 26, nine years after founding Harlem’s art, fashion and music collective known as the A$AP Mob, of which Rocky is the best-known member. Rather than a somber memorial, though, the event was raucously upbeat, featuring a full-floor mosh pit, a parade of guest rappers and a wrestling ring in which fighters faux-pummeled each other. “Focused chaos,” Rocky calls it, his voice a destroyed rasp—another injury, from all the screaming he did.

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