A$AP Yams Dies at 26

By Kathleen Villaruben | 2 years ago
A$AP Yams Dies at 26

A$AP Yams died at the age of 26, confirmed by members of A$AP Mob on social media on Sunday morning, Jan. 18, 2015. Read on for further details.

Details about Yams’ death are not yet announced.

A$AP Rocky posted a photo of Yams on Instagram and wrote “R.I.P YAMS, I LOVE YOU BROTHER.”


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Some artists who expressed their sadness about the hip hop star’s demise on social networking sites are MacMiller, Azealia Banks and Drake.

Steven Rodriguez, known as A$AP Yams, spent his childhood on the southern part of Harlem, New York. He was an intern at Diplomats Records.

Since 2007, he became the co-founder of the Mob, a very successful hip-hop collective in the past few years, with A$AP Illz and A$AP Bari from New York. He was only 17 years old that time. In 2008, the group discovered Rocky and A$AP Ferg.  Yams’s excellent managerial skills paved way to a $3 million deal for the Mob and Rocky with RCA/Polo Grounds.

Yams used Tumblr to establish a unique reputation as a “tastemaker” for the netizens. His RealNiggaTumblr blog received critical acclaim from the public and artists.

The hip-hop star was also skilled in seeking and developing new artists. He was hands-on in the selection of beats for his group’s music and creative picks in their song releases.

“Rocky’s like Luke Skywalker and I’m Yoda,” Yams told the New York Times (NYT).

According to the NYT profile, Yams emphasized uniqueness to become “big” in the industry. He said that his group wanted to stand out with their “own wave.” In 2013, the profile described him as “the Puff Daddy to his Biggie” and “the Damon Dash to Rocky’s Jay Z.”

Reporter Jon Caramanica wrote that Yams’ leadership resulted to Rocky’s unique blend of historical and regional styles.

“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,” Caramanica stated.

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