A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$ and more will join forces to honor the late Steven “A$AP Yams” Rodriguez on January 18th at New York’s Terminal 5. The tribute concert — titled Yams Day — takes place on the anniversary of Yams’ death.
Yams had been the founder of Harlem hip-hop collective A$AP Mob. For years, he had struggled with drug addiction, particularly codeine and Xanax. In 2014, he entered rehab briefly and was 26 when he fatally overdosed from a mixture of opiates and benzodiazepine.
Lil Uzi and members of the Mob will perform at Yams Day, with more special guests set to be announced. Tickets for the show will go on sale Friday, December 18th.
Two months after Yams’ death, Rocky opened up to The New York Times about the loss that shook his immediate group of friends. “Yams was like a mystery,” he said in the interview. “He was like the Great Gatsby.” He also reflected on his history with tragedy, having lost his father in 2012 and brother at the age of 13. “You know when you lose somebody, you start to feel alone? I don’t feel like that at all this time. I don’t feel alone. I just miss him.”
In the year following Yams’ death, Rocky released his sophomore album, At. Long. Last. A$AP, made his film debut in Dope and appeared on Selena Gomez’s summer hit “Good for You.” He recently wrapped up a tour with Tyler, the Creator, Danny Brown and Vince Staples.