A$AP Mob founder A$AP Yams dies at 26

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

Yams ran a popular hip hop blog before founding A$AP Mob, a collective that now includes rappers like A$AP Ferg and A$AP Rocky. “Yams is the hip-hop encyclopedia,” Rocky told New York Times for a 2013 profile on Yams. “He’s no joke. New of his apparent death first emerged when the official Twitter account for A$AP Mob tweeted ‘RIP @ASAPYams’ followed by posting an Instagram picture of him. That’s one person I can’t front on when it comes to music.” A$AP Mob members have been posting tributes to Yams online since news of his death broke, including one from Ferg that addresses Yams directly: “You were the brilliant mind, you put us on Game, you changed our lives,” he said in a Tumblr post. “You changed my life, you changed the world.” Other big names in hip hop like Russell Simmons and Drake have also posted condolences, and fans are remembering Yams by retweeting some of his funnier tweets under the #YamsTweets hashtag.

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. While cause of death and other details remain unknown, nearly every member of the A$AP Mob, the Harlem hip-hop collective that Yams established and helped bring to prominence, have taken to social media to mourn their founder. “You will be missed Bro. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.” Yams, real name Steven Rodriguez, was 26, was behind-the-scenes figure in A$AP Mob, helping plot to A$AP Rocky’s rise to stardom.

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.” Always wit the jokes good vibes EVERYtime.” Chamillionaire, Danny Brown, Lil B, Chance the Rapper, Action Bronson, Wiz Khalifa and countless more have all paid their respects to Yams on Twitter. “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 tweeted.

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