Once the Harlem rapper finished his two song performance during the after party, which he dedicated to his late confidante, Rocky disclosed a few things about Yams, real name Steven Rodriguez.
“That performance—that was just going to stop me from crying. I had to address it, because the whole time I was rapping and I wasn’t into it, which is sad, but I just gotta keep it real.” A$AP told Billboard “I can’t front. It’s even harder knowing that I gotta fly out in less than an hour just to go bury him. That’s the part that eats at me.” Rocky was referring to Yams’ funeral service being held today (Jan. 25) in New York.
A$AP Yams passed away last Sunday (Jan. 18) at the age of 26. On Tuesday(Jan. 20) it was announced by the NYPD that the cause of his death was unknown. However, there is speculation that he died form a drug overdose. This comes after his last tweet, which referred to “lean.” However, according to Rocky that is not at all true, though he wouldn’t discuss the real cause of death.
“People were saying that Yams overdosed on drugs—he didn’t overdose on any drugs. I feel like people feel that way because that’s all he’s in pictures doing. When you see A$AP Yams you see Hennessey or purple drink, you see some type of controlled substance or illegal narcotic.”
Despite the recent tragedy, Rocky insists that he is doing just fine and that he will eventually recover from the death of his friend. After all right before his sit down with Billboard he was partying with stars and fellow Dope cast mates like Shameik Moore, Blake Anderson (Workaholics), and his ex fiancé, Chanel Iman. Rocky was also sure to steer clear of commenting on their current relationship. “I’m a happy spirit, man, and I feel like time heals,” he shared. “It’s all about good people with good energy, and the universe keeps producing them to me. I’ll be fine. God is good and I keep all hope and faith.”
In other, exciting news, Rocky did disclose some information on his second album, which is “basically done,” according to him. It’s a joint effort from Dangermouse, a Grammy-award winning producer and Yams, who co-produced the album. Rocky comments “Dangermouse and Yams —I’m really intrigued for people to hear how that combination sounds. Yams manifested his powers into it.” This means we have a lot to look forward to.
The album remains untitled.