ASAP Yams Dies – Today in Hip-Hop
On this day, Jan. 18, in hip-hop history...
Born and raised in Harlem, Steven "A$AP Yams" Rodriguez formed the rap collective A$AP Mob in 2006. He would go on to be the manager and executive producer for many Mob members including A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg. Yams became known as a budding mogul and an overall New York taste-maker in the music scene. Yams executive produced all of the Mob's major releases until his passing, including Lord$ Never Worry, A$AP Rocky's LONG.LIVE.A$AP, and A$AP Ferg's Trap Lord.
On Jan. 18, 2015, Yams was found dead in his bed. He was 26 years old. Members of the rap world, especially A$AP Mob members, shared their grief online and in interviews for months after. It was revealed in March of 2015 that Yams' cause of death was a drug overdose mixed with intoxication. Rocky dedicated his sophomore album At.Long.Last.A$AP to the fallen founder of their crew later that year. In the cover art for ALLA, Rocky's face is morphed with Yams' with Yams' signature face tattoo and birthmark evident.
Though he's gone, A$AP Mob has made sure that Yamborghini's legacy lives on. In December 2016, the Mob released a book of A$AP Yams' best tweets. The Mob also honored A$AP Yams by releasing Cozy Tapes Vol. 1, a project their manager was working on before his untimely death.
For four years in a row now, A$AP Mob has made it a point to celebrate Yams with a concert in their hometown of New York City. The fourth annual Yams Day will take place tonight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, with a portion of the proceeds from the show going towards Yams' mother's Always Strive And Prosper Foundation. This year's lineup includes A$AP Mob members A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Twelvyy, A$AP Nast and A$AP Ant, plus Ski Mask The Slump God and more that have not yet officially been announced.
Rest easy, Yams.
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