RIP Steven Rodriguez, aka Yams

19 January 2015

RIP Steven Rodriguez, aka Yams

A$AP Yams has died aged 26, his record label has confirmed, following posts on social media by other A$AP Mob members. 

Steven Rodriguez, aka Yams, grew up on the southern edge of Harlem. He founded the mob in 2007 with fellow Harlem boys A$AP Bari and A$AP Illz, and have since then gone on to become one of the most successful hip hop collectives in recent years. They met A$AP Rocky in 2008, and by 2011 had signed huge deals with majors, becoming some of the most successful and influential artist in the scene. 


Rodriguez, who ran a hip-hop blog and built a reputation as a key tastemaker before founding the A$AP Mob, is credited with helping the collective secure their big money record contract and shepherding the careers of breakout stars A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg. In a interview in Ney york times in 2013, yams was quoated as sayin, "Rocky’s like Luke Skywalker, and I'm Yoda."

Since news of A$AP Yams' death first began to spread on social media, countless tributes have poured in from both the A$AP Mob and the hip-hop community. Yams was highly regarded throughout the scene, as both a pioneer and a creative. He rans shows, he was a blogger, a style icon, a designer and mostly an entrepreneur. 

In a statement, RCA Records wrote, "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." 

While cause of death and other details remain unknown every member of the A$AP Mob have taken to social media to mourn their founder. Yams had struggled with drug addiction in recent years, particularly codeine and Xanax, but the A$AP mogul entered a rehab facility in July 2014 to curb his habit. However, Yams' last tweet on January 16th was "Bodeine Brazy," a nod to his drug of choice. If this is confirmed, it's a great shame to see such an influential figure in modern day music lose a battle against drug abuse at such a young age. Whether your into A$AP Mob's music or not, Yams was a legend, and this is truly a sad day for the both the fashion and the hip-hop community.