The hip-hop collective has been celebrating Yams Day for the last six years since the death of their co-founder Steven “A$AP Yams” Rodriguez on Jan. 18, 2015, when he died of an accidental overdose at age 26. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, A$AP Mob has decided to proceed virtually this year with their annual tribute concert.
A minute-long trailer found on each member’s Instagram account and on YamsDay.com teases an awards ceremony called the Yammys, as opposed to the Grammys, where artists “who we & the people feel honestly earned and deserve it” will receive awards, according to Rocky’s tweet on Tuesday (Jan. 12). In the trailer, the 32-year-old rapper is seen running around NYC and conducting man-on-the-street interviews with citizens, asking if they plan to attend the virtual celebration of his late friend.
The entire Mob posted up with Yams’ mother Tatianna Paulino on Instagram last week and teased they “got something special on tha way” while tagging #YAMMYGANG.
Yams Day 2020 was held at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Jan. 17, where Tyler, the Creator, Metro Boomin, Nav, Pi’erre Bourne, Lil Yachty, Young M.A., Sheck Wes, Kenny Beats, Smooky MarGielaa, slowthai and more performed.
Watch the virtual Yams Day 2021 announcement here.