With news of A$AP Yams’ death, his peers within the Hip Hop community and the music industry at large are publicly celebrating the life of the man fellow A$AP Mob member A$AP Rocky called a ‘mastermind behind the scenes.’ Yams, whose real name was Steven Rodriguez, served as the co-owner of the ASAP Worldwide label and also used his Yamborghini imprint to spread awareness about independent artists and Hip Hop’s youth culture. Yams served as the co-executive producer of A$AP Rocky’s Long.Live.A$AP and A$AP Ferg’s Trap Lord albums, and both Polo Grounds and RCA released statements about Yams’ passing.
‘All of us at RCA Records are shocked and saddened to hear of the death of A$AP Yams,’ read a written statement from RCA. ‘As one of the creative forces behind A$AP Worldwide, Yams’ vision, humor and dedication to the members of A$AP Mob will always be remembered. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.’
Extending similar condolences, Polo Grounds Music released the following statement:
‘We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend A$AP Yams. A true visionary, Yams was a driving force in A$AP Mob. Our condolences go out to his family. He will be truly missed.’