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A$AP Mob Founder A$AP Yams Dead At 26

Submitted by on January 19, 2015 – 3:48 pm3 Comments

In a shocking bit of news that transpired over the weekend, A$AP Yams, founder of the A$AP Mob, reportedly passed away on Sunday.

Yams, born Steven Rodriguez, was 26 years old at the time of his passing. Although details on how or where he died haven’t been released, the news was confirmed by his RCA Records, and sentiments on his passing were spread on social media by those close to him including A$AP Rocky, Drake and others. There were rumors that his death had to do with a lethal mixture of lean and pills, but, up to this point, that is merely a rumor built on sheer speculation.

Nevertheless, the hip hop community has lost one of its young visionaries.

Yams, who built a reputation as a tastemaker thanks to his hip hop blog, founded the A$AP Mob several years back and helped secure contracts for the crew and push the breakout stars of the collective: A$AP Ferg and A$AP Rocky.

RCA Records released a statement regarding Yams’ death. “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.”

It has been reported that A$AP Yams struggled with drug addiction and had his issues in particular with Xanax and codeine. He entered drug rehab last July to temper his habit. However, he was rumored to still dabble in lean although it may or may not have had anything to do with his death.

Nevertheless, the death is truly unfortunate as A$AP Yams was just getting started.

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