The official Twitter account for A$AP Mob posted the message RIP @ASAPYAMS today at 1.14pm and fellow member A$AP Rocky shared a snap of Yams on his Instagram with the touching caption: “R.I.P YAMS, I LOVE YOU BROTHER.”
“Always strive and prosper. RIP Yams,” said a post Sunday on the group’s official Facebook page with a black-and-white photo of Yams, whose real name is Steven Rodriguez.
Yams, real name Steven Rogriguez grew up in Harlem and founded the Mob with fellow New Yorkers ASAP Bari and A$AP Illz in 2007. They met ASAP Rocky in 2008, and by 2011 had signed major label deals.
Yams was one of the first progressive stars to use Tumblr to build his reputation as an online tastemaker. Speaking to the New York Times in 2013, he said: “Rocky’s like Luke Skywalker and I’m Yoda.”
Rest in peace Yams. A$AP is family.
— Drizzy (@Drake) January 18, 2015
“We wanted to become big,” he explained in the NYT profile, “but we didn’t want to do it by hopping on somebody else’s wave. We wanted to come in the game with our own wave.”
While the exact cause of A$AP Yams’ death is unknown, some suspect drug use may have been involved as he tweeted about Codeine before his death.
Yams had been open about his struggles with codeine and Xanax, even briefly going to rehab last year.
“I got to chill,” A$AP Yams admitted two years before his death. “It’s not a good look up there in the office. They’re not gonna have any faith.”
Mirror Celebs is attempting to contact a spokesman for the group.