January 18, will mark the one year anniversary of the passing of A$AP Mob founder A$AP Yams. Though he died prematurely, at the age of 25, Yams (government name Steven Rodriguez) left his mark on modern day hip-hop by bringing one of the genres premier movements on the scene and introducing the world to A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg. The A$APs have chosen to honor their fallen comrade with a celebration on January 18, with a celebration called “Yams Day.” The main event will be a large scale show at Terminal 5 in New York City (featuring acts like Rocky, Flatbush Zombies, Joey Fatts and Joey Badas$$), but there will also be a book of Yams’ tweets released.
The book, titled A$AP Yams Gems is the creation of admirer Ajani Brathwaite. It is not said whether this is an A$AP Mob venture, but according to Braithwaite, all proceeds from the book sales will go to Yams’ family. A$AP Yams garnered quite a following on Twitter and his personality shined there. Whereas he did a lot of behind-the-scenes work, A$AP fans got to know the A$AP Worldwide executive producer and A&R through his humorous tweets.
A$AP Yams’ Twitter account is still active, so you can pretty much read the book for free, here. However, if you are an A$AP fan and want to own nostalgic, physical compilation of the late mogul’s tweets and help his people, A$AP Yams Gems can be preordered for $40 a piece here.
RIP Steven “A$AP Yams” Rodriguez #LONGLIVEYAMS