A$AP Mob Founder A$AP Yams Dead at 26

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

A$AP Yams, A$AP Mob co-founder, has died at 26.

New of his apparent death first emerged when the official Twitter account for A$AP Mob tweeted ‘RIP @ASAPYams’ followed by posting an Instagram picture of him.

Azealia Banks tweeted: “R.I.P Yams,” before later adding: “A.S.A.P YAMS should be remembered as a leader, an innovator and most importantly as an important part of NYC youth culture… The news broke via Twitter, with a number of accounts associated with the hip-hop collective tweeting the message RIP, including the main A$AP Mob account, before it was confirmed by his record label, Sony/RCA. “All of us at RCA Records are shocked and saddened to hear of the death of A$AP Yams,” the record company said. “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.” Yams, real name Steven Rodriguez, was 26, was behind-the-scenes figure in A$AP Mob, helping plot to A$AP Rocky’s rise to stardom. As a 2013 New York Times profile put it: “Much of what you hear in Rocky — a fully assimilated take on hip-hop styles from across the country and from across time periods — can be traced back to Yams, who spent his formative years studying the genre, then learning how to transmit his taste to others. Hip-hop has long been obsessed with fealty to a specific place and time, and Yams’s vision of the genre as an open house, not a fortress, qualifies as a radical one.”

We wanted to come in the game with our own wave.” “I got to chill,” A$AP Yams admitted two years before his death. “It’s not a good look up there in the office.

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