Sun 18 Jan 2015
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We’re sad to report that A$AP Yams, A$AP Mob’s founder and visionary, has passed away. He was 26 years old.
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A$AP Bari broke the tragic news on Twitter early Sunday morning, before A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg soon followed with their own tributes to the man known as “hip-hop’s spirit guide.”
RIP Yams pic.twitter.com/UhwjPLdQMb
— A$AP Bigga Bar$ (@TOASTOTHEGOD) January 18, 2015
It’s unclear what the cause of the death was, but Yams, real name Steven Rodriguez, was known to use codeine and Xanax heavily. He did, however, spend a brief stint in rehab last summer in an effort to curb his drug addiction. “That lean shit corny now i apologize for even glorifying that bullshit its embarrassing it destroyed too many lives,” he wrote on Twitter in July. “Its disrespectful to the families who lost loved ones to that demon for us to be flaunting that addiction rip pimp c.”
Sadly enough, Yams’ last tweet was also about codeine.
— …… (@ASAPYams) January 17, 2015
if i die before i wake i pray that A$AP will be great my momma good and my girl be late so it'll be another me and the world be straight
— …… (@ASAPYams) April 26, 2012
In his last known interview back in December, A$AP Yams spoke with SNKRBST TV on his 26th birthday. In the video feature, Yams discussed his come up, hustling in the industry to establish A$AP Mob Worldwide, and the crew’s taste and influences in fashion.
Stay tuned for more details as they become available. Our prayers go out to Yams’ family and the whole A$AP Mob.
UPDATE #1: Polo Grounds Music and RCA Records, labels A$AP Mob are signed to, both release statements.
Polo Grounds Music:
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend A$AP Yams. A true visionary, Yams was a driving force in A$AP Mob. Our condolences go out to his family. He will be truly missed.”
“All of us at RCA Records are shocked and saddened to hear of the death of A$AP Yams. As one of the creative forces behind A$AP Worldwide, Yams’ vision, humor and dedication to the members of A$AP Mob will always be remembered. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.”
UPDATE #2: Speaking with Vlad TV, A$AP Mob member A$AP Ant denies rumors that Yams died of an overdose and speaks on a photo of A$AP Rocky at the hospital grieving that made its way online.
“That’s not what it is. People keep talking saying he overdosed on Xanax and s*** like that. No, that’s not what happened at all. It wasn’t that at all.
Everybody on Instagram posting pictures of Rocky at the hospital where he passed away at, ya’ll looking like females and the tabloids. That’s not any of your business to post that. That’s private for somebody. I would want to see a picture of me on the internet going to the hospital to see my grandfather while he’s dying. I wouldn’t want to see that.”
R.I.P MY BROTHER YAMS. I LOVE YOU FOREVER. I'M LOST FOR WORDS. pic.twitter.com/mgccYjHVKP
— The Real ILLZ. (@ASVPXILLZ) January 18, 2015
LOVE YOU YAMS RIP
— A$AP ANT / ygAddieRO (@ygAddie) January 18, 2015
Rest in peace Yams. A$AP is family.
— Drizzy (@Drake) January 18, 2015
REST IN PEACE TO MY NIGGA YAMS. BRO. THIS SHIT IS FUCK. MAN. I PRAY FOR MY ASAP FAM. MANNNNN
— TRAVIS SCOTT (@trvisXX) January 18, 2015
Damn. RIP @ASAPYams
— Mac (@MacMiller) January 18, 2015
A.S.A.P YAMS should be remembered as a leader, an innovator and most importantly as an important part of NYC youth culture.
— AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) January 18, 2015
rest in peace ASAP YAMS. black out boy for real.
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) January 18, 2015
Damn RIP Young Yams…
— #BRON2ON (@ActionBronson) January 18, 2015
RIP A$AP YAMS, a true visionary and hero to many Sending my love and support to the A$AP family during this troubling time.
— Scott Mescudi (@KidCudi) January 18, 2015
Fuck. RIP Yams. Such a smart, funny and clever dude. This is terrible. So much love to the ASAP fam.
— Quavo Ranchero (@atrak) January 18, 2015
RIP Yams.😣 this hurts
— 2015 Makonnen (@iLoveMakonnen5D) January 18, 2015
Fuck. RIP @ASAPYams, one of the funniest and smartest. Thoughts to the whole ASAP Mob. This is awful.
— ItsTheReal (@itsthereal) January 18, 2015
i only met Yams in October. i walked into a rm barely knowing anyone. he greeted me first with such a warm vibe. my condolences 2 all family
— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) January 18, 2015
Yams music acumen was incredible. He knew every regional hip hop artist known to man.
— Blame The Label (@blamethelabel) January 18, 2015
Man very sad to hear about Yams, good dude. Prayers go out the his family and A$AP mob
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) January 18, 2015
everybody has at least one, if not many positive interactions with yams.
— michael uzowuru (@michaeluzowuru) January 18, 2015
So sad about @ASAPYams RIP !
— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) January 18, 2015
Yams was a great spirit . Always wit the jokes good vibes EVERYtime #ripyams
— Wale Folarin (@Wale) January 18, 2015
This was the very first convo me and @wavybone had…..this convo led to a brotherhood. damn b this man right here changed my life. Im able to feed my family because of him. He came at a time when I needed help the most, he threw me that life vest & genuinely fucked with me when nobody else did. He was the first person to really believe in me and create opportunity for me. He inspired me and motivated me and gave me advice and helped in building my brand into what you see today. Niggas treated me different when I walked into meetings with yams. NY rap was DEAD he's the reason for the resurgence. A lot of niggas are affiliated with each other in NY because he glued everybody together. He's the architect of #NewNewYork. My brother man. He was half Dominican half Puerto Rican, so we bonded. Deeper the rap. We shared the same vision. Yams told me this game gonna make you cry bamz, but you can't stop. Ima miss our convos ima miss our laughs ima miss all the moments. My brother 4ever I love you pana #RIPSTEVIE