Early this morning (Jan. 18), it was reported that A$AP Yams passed away at the age of 26. A$AP Bari broke the news on Twitter at 6:16 AM. He wrote “RIP Yams” and attached a picture of him and Yams. His record label, A$AP Mob, later confirmed the death with a tweet of their own.
Yams, real name Steven Rodriguez, was the heart and soul of the Mob, which he founded with fellow New Yorkers A$AP Bari and A$AP Illz in 2007. He grew up on the southern edge of Harlem and was the right hand man to lead rapper A$AP Rocky, who he met in 2008. With Yams’ wits and Rocky’s raps, the group took off by 2011 and signed a major label deal.
While his cause of death remains unknown, Yams was a heavy user of Codeine and Xanax. Even after his brief time in rehab last summer, it’s not exactly sure if he quit using. Ironically, his last tweet was about “lean.”
— …… (@ASAPYams) January 17, 2015
The picture below shows Rocky in the hospital waiting room.
RIP A$AP Yams.
RIP Yams pic.twitter.com/UhwjPLdQMb
— A$AP Bigga Bar$ (@TOASTOTHEGOD) January 18, 2015