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Published on November 13th, 2019 | by Jerry Doby

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A$AP Mob Announces Yams Day 2020 Friday, January 17 – Barclays Center Featuring A$AP Mob & Friends

In 2015, the world lost a creative genius and music star A$AP Yams, while A$AP Mob lost their brother. Today, on A$AP Yams’ birthday, it was announced that on Friday, January 17 his life will be celebrated with the fifth annual Yams Day at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The show will feature appearances from A$AP Mob & Friends, with additional artists to be announced soon.

Tickets go on sale beginning Friday November 15th at 10am EST HERE

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Always Strive and Prosper Foundation which was founded four years ago by Tatianna Rodriguez, Yams’ mother. The Foundation is dedicated to providing young people and underrepresented communities with accessible and realistic education about substance use and abuse. Each year the Foundation hosts several community based events including an annual Back to School Basketball Tournament with backpacks, school supplies, and clothing for young children, a Thanksgiving dinner catered for a host of community families in the South Bronx and Harlem, a Christmas Toy and Coat Drive, and a Mothers’ Day event with food, gifts and group therapy for single mothers and mother’s who have lost loved ones to substance abuse. The Foundation has also partnered with the Washington Heights Corner Project, the New York Harm Reduction Educators, and Mothers For Life engaging in a series of public Narcan trainings and certifications as well as installing naloxone in community retail establishments and depots for immediate life saving emergencies.

A$AP Yams and A$AP Mob SXSW 2014 (Photo Credit: Jerry Doby for The Hype Magazine)

In 2016, A$AP Mob launched the inaugural Yams Day in celebration of his life, with a sold-out show at Terminal 5, followed by a sold-out show at MSG’s Theater at the Garden in 2017, at the New York Expo Center in 2018, and last year’s celebration at the Barclays Center. Previous Yams Day performers include Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, Tyler the Creator, Lil Uzi Vert, Meek Mill, Joey Bada$$, Young MA, Cam’ron, Danny Brown, T-Pain, Flatbush Zombies, Soulja Boy, and more.

ABOUT A$AP ROCKY

Harlem born MC A$AP Rocky, born Rakim Mayers, has taken the music and fashion worlds by storm.  In 2018, he released his highly-anticipated third studio album, TESTING, which has garnered over 1 billion streams worldwide, landing at #1 on the iTunes charts in 16 countries upon release, with “Praise The Lord” achieving platinum status and over 100 million views.  The album has been well-received by music critics, as well, with The New York Times calling it [A$AP Rocky’s] most outré album to date, the one least concerned with prevailing trends,” Billboard saying “the Harlemite has been on the cusp of greatness for nearly a decade…his confidence and fearlessness has always been his calling card, and ‘Testing’ is more of him bravely stepping out of the box to try something new,” and Highsnobiety referring to TESTING as “an absolute triumph.”

With two critically acclaimed, #1 debuts on the Billboard 200 for previous albums, Long. Live.A$AP and At.Long.Last.A$AP and over 5.9 billion streams worldwide, TESTING launches a new era for Rocky, exploring new sounds and ideas in an unparalleled musical landscape where he continues to break the mainstream mindset with sonics rarely heard in hip-hop. Executive produced by A$AP Rocky and co-executive produced by Hector Delgado, Juicy J, Chace Johnson, and AWGE, TESTING was recorded over three years between New York, LA, London and Berlin. This album picks up where Rocky last left off, weaving mind-melting aural psychedelics into hip-hop that is, at times dark and confessional, and in other moments uplifting and celebratory. Rocky is joined on TESTING with features from Juicy J, T.I., Moby, Frank Ocean, French Montana, FKA twigs, Skepta, Kid Cudi and Kodak Black. Carrying on the legacy of the A$AP Mob co-founder A$AP Yams, Rocky and the A$AP Mob released two mixtapes, 2016’s Cozy Tapes Vol 1: Friends- and 2017’s Cozy Tapes Vol 2: Too Cozy, featuring the hit single “RAF” which has now racked up 208 million streams worldwide.

Rocky has collaborated with many high-profile artists, including G-Eazy’s 3x RIAA Platinum “No Limit” with Cardi B,  Mura Masa’s “Love$ick”, Tyler, The Creator’s “Who Dat Boy”, and songs with Lana Del ReyThe WeekndYoung ThugSkeptaJuicy J, Quavo30 Seconds to MarsAlicia Keys and more.

The past two years have also seen Rocky’s creative agency AWGE in the spotlight, launching partnerships with Calvin Klein, MTV, GUESSUnder ArmourCourvoisier, Dior, Mercedes Benz and JW Anderson and also launching the careers of new artists such as Playboi Carti, Smooky MarGielaa and more. Most recently AWGE collaborated with Kayne West for a capsule collection of merch for his Jesus Is King album.


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Editor-in-Chief of The Hype Magazine, and internationally published arts & entertainment journalist. Member of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture as well as the United States Press Corps.


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