A$AP Yams has reportedly passed away.
Some very tragic news arrives this Sunday morning, as we learn that 26-year-old A$AP Mob founder ASAP Yams has passed away. No details are yet known of the reasons for his death, but many friends and collaborators -- including ASAP rocky and ASAP Ferg -- have shared their condolences on social media.
Yams -- real name Steven Rodriguez -- formed the group in 2007, with Rocky coming on board in 2008. He's always played a large role in the beat selection, and general creative choices in the crew's releases. His RealN--gaTumblr blog was a favorite among critics and artists alike, revealing himself as a tastemaker early on.
HNHH send its condolences out to the friends and family of Yams. We will update you with any details as they arrive.
Below you'll find the messages of many artists who have shared their sympathies and respect for ASAP Yams.
Update: RCA and Polo Grounds Music have released statements on Yams' death.
All of us at RCA Records are shocked and saddened to hear of the death of A$AP Yams. As one of the creative forces behind A$AP Worldwide, Yams' vision, humor and dedication to the members of A$AP Mob will always be remembered. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends
We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend A$AP Yams. A true visionary, Yams was a driving force in A$AP Mob. Our condolences go out to his family. He will be truly missed.
- Polo Grounds Music