His record label, RCA Records, confirmed his passing in a statement, while his cause of death and other details still remain unknown.
They said: “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, humour and dedication to the members of A$AP Mob will always be remembered. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.”
Yams – real name Steven Rodriguez – played a pivotal role in the foundation of the New York hip-hop crew A$AP Mob, that helped facilitate the rise of both A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg.
Rocky took to Instagram to pay tribute to Yams, writing: “R.I.P YAMS, I LOVE YOU BROTHER.”A$AP Ferg wrote on Tumblr: “You will be missed Bro. We done touched a lot of ground together , landed on a lot of different soil!!! You will always be loved & your spirit will live on!!! #asapmob #asapferg #asapworldwide #yams.”
Rihanna posted a drawing of Yams, along with the message: “RiP Yamz! #longliveASAP :'(
Drake tweeted: “Rest in peace Yams. A$AP is family”, while Wiz Khalifa added: “Rwg ASAP Yams.”
Azealia Banks also paid homage with a lengthy post on Twitter, writing: “R.I.P YAMS…”A.S.A.P YAMS should be remembered as a leader, an innovator and most importantly as an important part of NYC youth culture.”
She concluded: “May he rest in peace. My condolences go out to his family and the rest of the ASAPMOB.”
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