Brawl Causes Chaos, Breaks Up Annual A$AP Yams Day Concert in Bronx
A night meant to celebrate the life of the late A$AP Yams came to an abrupt end Thursday night (Jan. 18) after a backstage brawl cut short the 3rd annual Yams Day concert. Fans filled the cavernous halls of the New York Expo Center in The Bronx, New York, for the event where the A$AP Mob gathered to honor the renowned executive, who’s untimely death in 2015 shook the hip-hop community.
Chaos ensued around 10:30 p.m. ET while A$AP Rocky was in the audience during an intermission partying with fans. As Flacko got deeper into the crowd someone from his crew got on the microphone to tell Rocky there was a security issue backstage. Chants of "A$AP Yams!" from the audience filled the venue.
Sounds of shouting and chairs being thrown emanated from backstage. The NYPD confirmed to Billboard the incident was a “crowd control situation." "There was a large crowd leaving the concert. No gunshots, no injuries," NYPD told Billboard via e-mail. Other footage showed Lil’ Uzi Vert involved in the incident back stage. Witnesses initially reported that Brooklyn rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine was the cause of the incident, but 6ix9ine took to his Instagram afterwards to tell fans he had nothing to do with the chaos.
The list of guests that were set to perform were meant to make it a night of celebration, with French Montana, Flatbush Zombies, A$AP Mob and more scheduled to hit the stage. However before the brawl broke out only Nav, Lil Yatchy with special guest PNB Rock, Tekashi 6ix9ine, Ski Mask The Slump God and more were able to take stage.
As of press time the cause of the brawl had yet to be confirmed. Billboard reached out to A$AP Mob's reps for comment. Stay tuned for further details on this developing story.
Check out some of the social media posts from the incident.
Yams day WILD pic.twitter.com/RTj3pquucS— Mister Cent (@realfrogeyes) January 19, 2018
Yams day WILD part 2 pic.twitter.com/gdpMV8lI3d— Mister Cent (@realfrogeyes) January 19, 2018
Wtff is happening yams day pic.twitter.com/6i1g49tJbk— vanilla face (@lizzobitch) January 19, 2018
Nothing BUT the up most RESPECT for this man. ---- This is not about me, it's about YAMS. People will always mix my name up with something. This is the internet and this is what comes with fame. All I can do is sit here and explain stuff to you guys. I had nothing to do with tonight's disaster. I went live and posted it so you guys can see. THIS IS NOT ABOUT ME THIS DAY IS FOR YAMS.. Nothing but love and condolences to ASAP.