Yams Day, A$AP Mob’s annual concert in honor of their late mastermind A$AP Yams went a little left this year.
According to XXL, the star-studded tribute concert to the brain behind the Mob had to be shut down early after a fight broke out backstage. While artists like Lil Yachty, Tekashi 69, and Playboi Carti were able to perform, the concert had to end early after the brawl and fears of gunshots caused a panic.
Before the fight, Rocky was able to share a touching tribute to his late friend.
“[A$AP Yams] shifted culture in little years, ya know I’m sayin’?” Rocky said from the stage.
“He represent all the weirdos, all the burnt-out muthaf*ckas, all the druggies, all the little n**gas that don’t know what they want to be tomorrow but they know they something. That’s the dream we had f**kin’ with Yams, you know what I’m talkin’ bout? I’ma tell y’all like this. Culture is beyond boundaries and colors and all that other s**t. It’s beyond ethnicity and nationality. Inspiration is inspiration. I want you to look at us as the Black Steve Jobs or some s**t like that. We want to be innovative and push the envelope.”
The party continued well after Rocky’s speech, with the self-styled Pretty Motherf**ker jumping in the crowd to party with the attendees. His joy was short-lived, however. People on the stage called him out of the crowd to let him know that things had gone sideways.
“Rocky, it’s Hector, bro. We gotta hold on one second, bro. It’s an issue going on back here,” he said from the stage. “It’s a security issue going on…we need you to come back over here, bro.”
When Rocky got to the stage, he could be heard getting upset at the people fighting.
“Y’all f**kin this up,” he said. “This supposed to be Yams’ Day.”
Eventually, the situation got so bad that crowds were ordered to disperse. Rumors swirled that the fight was started by “Gummo” rapper 6ix9ine. But he posted several videos that proved he was not the center of the fight.
The first video showed him running out of the venue when everything started to go down. That post has since been deleted.
“Ya will never see a video of me getting touched,” he wrote in the caption. “Ya want something bad to happen to me so bad.”
In another post, he explained that he had too much respect for the A$AP Mob to ruin their night with a fight.
“For everybody that’s putting my name in that Yams Day situation, that had nothing to do with me,” he said in the Instagram live video. He continued,
“I’m perfectly fine. That had nothing to do with me. It’s crazy, you know what I’m saying, the amount of hate that just goes around in this world, man. Yams didn’t deserve that. It was a charity event, you know what I’m saying, for Yams’ family. That had nothing to do with me… I wasn’t in no fight. My hair is still laced, this perm. I got into no altercation… You can see my face. I wasn’t shot, I wasn’t stabbed. Stop making up stories…”
“I have so much respect for the A$AP Mob,” he continued. “And me and Rocky spoke and it was nothing but love, you know what I’m saying? It’s bigger than me. Rest in peace A$AP Yams and the hate needs to stop. This world is full of hate… This is not about Tekashi 6ix9ine. This is about A$AP Yams.”
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