A$AP Yams Found Dead At 26: Cause Of Death Unknown

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

Rodriguez was known for helping the group get their hefty paydays with record labels and was a key figure behind the scenes for breakout stars Ferg and A$AP Rocky ‘You will be missed Bro.ASAP Yams, the hip-hop executive who helped start the career of ASAP Rocky, the popular Harlem rapper whose 2013 studio album, “Long.Live.ASAP,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart, has died.The official Twitter account for A$AP Mob posted the message RIP @ASAPYAMS today at 1.14pm and fellow member A$AP Rocky shared a snap of Yams on his Instagram with the touching caption: “R.I.P YAMS, I LOVE YOU BROTHER.” Yams, real name Steven Rogriguez grew up in Harlem and founded the Mob with fellow New Yorkers ASAP Bari and A$AP Illz in 2007. ASAP Yams, whose real name was Steven Rodriguez, was a co-owner of the ASAP Worldwide label and a founder of the ASAP Mob collective of rappers, producers, video directors and fashion designers, many of whom also carry the ASAP name, including the rapper ASAP Ferg.

He became known as a tastemaker thanks to his influential Tumblr account, according to Slate. “All of us at RCA Records are shocked and saddened to hear of the death of A$AP Yams,” the label said in a statement. “As one of the creative forces behind A$AP Worldwide, Yams’ vision, humor and dedication to the members of A$AP Mob will always be remembered. Speaking to the New York Times in 2013, he said: “Rocky’s like Luke Skywalker and I’m Yoda.” “We wanted to become big,” he explained in the NYT profile, “but we didn’t want to do it by hopping on somebody else’s wave. He will be truly missed.” “A.S.A.P YAMS should be remembered as a leader, an innovator and most importantly as an important part of NYC youth culture,” Azealia Banks tweeted. He dropped out of high school and worked as an intern at Diplomats Records, a company that put out albums by popular rappers like Cam’ron and Juelz Santana. “Yams is the hip-hop encyclopedia,” Rocky said. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.” As BET notes, Yams had struggled with drug addiction in recent years, particularly codeine and Xanax, but the A$AP mogul entered a rehab facility in July 2014 to curb his habit.

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