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January, 20

Hip-Hop 'Innovator' A$AP Yams Dies Aged 26

 
 
 
 
Hip-Hop 'Innovator' A$AP Yams Dies Aged 26

The news broke on Twitter after the Harlem group's account tweeted "RIP @ASAPYAMS".

The star, whose real name was Steven Rodriguez, is credited with helping the group secure a record contract and guiding its members A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg to stardom.

In a statement his record label Sony/RCA said: "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$AP Worldwide, Yams' vision, humour and dedication to the members of A$AP Mob will always be remembered. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends."

A New York Times profile said Yams spent his "formative years studying" hip-hop which he was "obsessed" with.

He is quoted as saying: "Rocky’s like Luke Skywalker, and I'm Yoda."

It is not known how Yams died but stars of the music world have paid tribute online.

A$AP Rocky tweeted: "RIP YAMS. I LOVE YOU BROTHER".

"Rest in peace Yams. A$AP is family," wrote Drake.

Azealia Banks tweeted: "A.S.A.P YAMS should be remembered as a leader, an innovator and most importantly as an important part of NYC youth culture." 

 

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