Waking up on a rainy, disrespectfully cold New York Sunday morning to the news that A$AP Mob founder, Steven Rodriguez, aka Yams, has died at 26. Yams founded A$AP Mob with A$AP Bari and A$AP Illz in 2007. People are taking to social media to express their sadness for the loss of a friend and brilliant mind.
His vision, attention, and knowledge of culture is arguably a reason why rap sounds like it does, why we take prison poses for the ‘grams, stay cozy 24/7 and how we talk. In these social media days he recognized it’s leverage, formed a brand and lifestyle that still resonates today. So it’s only right his humor and view on life is being memorialized on Twitter with #YamsTweets. An icon and thought leader to a generation that has seen it all through the scroll of their Tumblrs. The cause of death has yet been confirmed.
Toast To The God. Long Live Yams.
Reactions to the news below:
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
RIP YAMS, a true visionary & brilliant mind — ॐUchis (@KALIUCHIS) January 18, 2015
R.I.P. ASAP Yams
— oscar1992 (@oscar_1992) January 18, 2015
Roses R Rule. Violets are goth. I love you yams, may you rest gucci soft. Uncle Stevie, my dear friend, i pray i see ur beauty again. RIP — Princess Nokia (@princess_nokia) January 18, 2015
All I can think about Rashad and Yams gonna change the game up there at that club in the sky
— SOULJA GIRL (@JubileeDJ) January 18, 2015
YAMS TOLD ME ThIs GAME GOIN MaKE U CRY BAMZ!! I GONNA MISS U BRO DAMN NOT STEVIE — PAPI (@BodegaBAMZ) January 18, 2015
Theirs Wave Riders & Theirs Wave Providers – Yams pic.twitter.com/h91PC7Qn6A
— PAPI (@BodegaBAMZ) January 18, 2015
Yams was my brother , this shit breaks my heart that I ain’t never gonna see or speak to him ever again … Love you my nigga !! — O Manteka. (@OHLA) January 18, 2015
Respect to you Yams, rest in peace, god…
— Abraham Joseph (@AbJonian) January 18, 2015
Rest easy ASAP YAMS. I want the ASAP MOB to keep ya head up. I feel for yall.
— Dirty Surya Sanchez (@DirtySanchez47) January 18, 2015