Concert Recap: Big Yavo Shows Why He’s at the Forefront of Alabama Rap


Throughout the past few weeks, I’ve been making a concerted effort to go to more shows. COVID-19 is slowly (knock on wood) heading into a positive direction and I figured that it was time to check out one of my favorite up-and-comers, who coincidentally was opening for one of my favorite rappers.

Here’s a bit of honesty: Did Yavo absolutely murder his set and have the crowd going wild? No. However, this was Yavo‘s first show in New York. While he does have some songs that have charted on the TikTok Music Charts, none of his songs have properly blown up.

Despite this, Yavo‘s energy and the bouncy instrumentals that underline his songs made for a perfect show. The signature ‘Bama kick followed by booming 808’s are groovy and channel the energy of the South perfectly. Yavo‘s lyrics are super catchy and songs like “Him”, “Rich Bitch” and “Dumbass” shook the walls of Grammercy Theater with ease.

What really impressed me about Yavo outside of his performance was that after NoCap, who headlined the show, came on and eventually brought Yavo back out, it seemed like he was taking notes on Cap‘s performance. From the left side of the stage, Yavo rapped many of Cap‘s songs word for word but seemed to be scoping out what effect Cap had on the audience.

Encircled by industry heavyweights, close friends and label-mates, and one of the most dominant southern rappers in NoCap, Big Yavo has given himself a serious opportunity to scale the ‘Bama sound into a global phenomenon. Check out his newest track “Yayski” below and stay tuned for more from Big Yavo.


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