Music, not just Hip-Hop lost another luminary in the persona of A$AP Yams. While the news is still fresh, the music world is weighing in on the passing of the burgeoning entertainment icon. Details on his passing are not yet available as of this writing.
Check out some of the weigh-ins:
In the wake of news that A$AP Yams passed away, many figures in the hip-hop community have mourned the A$AP Mob founder’s death while celebrating his life and accomplishments.
Yams, who was born Steven Rodriguez, touched many artists with his personality and his work. Yams had an impact that reached far beyond his A$AP family and he was compared by some to the likes of Puff Daddy.
“You were the brilliant mind,” A$AP Ferg said in a statement on Instagram. “You put us on game. You changed our lives. You changed my life. You changed the world. Rest in peace, Yams. There can never be another one after you.”
Yams also worked extensively with Cutthroat Boys, which includes Joey Fatts, Vince Staples and Aston Matthews. In his posts today, Fatts called Yams his best friend and a savior.
“Yams came and got me out the slums,” Fatts said on Twitter. “I was sleeping in cars and garages. A n—— can’t stop crying. Yams was the first person to care about what me, Vince Staples and Aston Matthews had to say. No one else. He believed in us. (A. Tardio, mtv.com)
Rodriguez, who ran a hip-hop blog and built a reputation as a key tastemaker before founding the A$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 2013 New York Times profile, Yams broke down his role as, “Rocky’s like Luke Skywalker, and I’m Yoda.” (D. Kreps, Rollingstone.com)
via The Hype Magazine A$AP MOB founder A$AP Yams has passed