26-year-old founding member of hip hop collective, ASAP Mob, Steven Rodriguez died over the weekend aged 26. His label confirmed the news but has not yet released details relating to a cause of death.
A peer to fellow ASAP Mob members Rocky, Ferg, Nast and others, the outpouring from the hip hop community has been massive for the young innovator.
ASAP Yams will be remembered for his work curating and creating talent based around hip hop culture and, of course, for pioneering one of the most influential hip hop movements in New York for at least a decade.
i only met Yams in October. i walked into a rm barely knowing anyone. he greeted me first with such a warm vibe. my condolences 2 all family— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) January 18, 2015
So Great But too early— FERG (@ASAPferg) January 18, 2015
Sad day for New York Rest in Peace ASAP Yams. My heart and condolences go out to the A$AP Family.— vashtie (@vashtie) January 18, 2015
A.S.A.P YAMS should be remembered as a leader, an innovator and most importantly as an important part of NYC youth culture.— AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) January 18, 2015
SLEEP IN PARADISE YAMS I LOVE YOU BRO— Mel (@AsapTwelvyy) January 18, 2015
rest in peace ASAP YAMS. black out boy for real.— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) January 18, 2015
Rest in peace Yams. A$AP is family.— Drizzy (@Drake) January 18, 2015
Yams curated and innovated a culture, Definitely influential..— Karεn Ciัตil (@KarenCivil) January 19, 2015
LOOK BACK IN THE PAST 4 YEARS & GRASP A UNDERSTANDING OF HOW IMPORTANT YAMS WAS TO CULTURE WORLDWIDE ALL BY JUST BEING HIMSELF— IamKillv (@Uptown_Killv) January 18, 2015
R.I.P Yams. Fuck man. Such a good dude— Macklemore (@macklemore) January 18, 2015
Rest in peace Asap Yams. So sad hearing about this. Love and condolences to his family n friends— Big Sean (@BigSean) January 18, 2015
RIP YAMS.— NIP HUSSLE THE GREAT (@NipseyHussle) January 18, 2015