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This past Sunday (Jan. 25) fans, friends and family gathered for a heartfelt memorial service for A$AP Yams, real name Steven Rodriguez. The service was held at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel in New York, the same place where Aaliyah, Joan Rivers, and Biggie were laid to rest.
There was both a public and private portion of the service; the public of which rapper A$AP Rocky was not in attendance for. Many fans wore FUBU jackets, Coogi apparel and black bandanas, while the rest wore all black in order to honor the A$AP Mob founder.
The house in which the funeral was held is said to have held 100 people and was decorated with flowers and other things to honor Yams. Even the casket had Yams inspired art. According to FADER, there was “Tumblr inspired art” of him riding a white unicorn on one end and a Coogi sweater on the other.
The scene is described by Fadar:
One wall of the understated chapel was lined with flower arrangements, including a large white rose heart that was inscribed with “YAMS.” A variety of A$AP Mob gear from over the years, including a grey A$AP hoodie and a Yankees-style grey-pinstripe Yamborghini Records jersey, hung in a nook on the other side of the room. The black lacquered casket was adorned by a bloom of dark red roses, and framed by a Tumblr art-inspired, purple-tinged picture of Yams riding a white unicorn on the left and an oversized Coogi sweater that hung to the right. A slideshow of photos from Yams’ life—a child-aged Yams dressed as a pumpkin for Halloween, a RIAA plaque of A$AP Rocky’s Long.Live.ASAP—looped on a small screen behind.
All guests in attendance were also given small laminates that held the tweet with Yams’ final wishes.