Hip-hop world mourns the death of A$AP Yams

Drake, Rihanna and Mark Ronson among artists to pay tribute to A$AP Mob founder

The hip-hop community has united to pay tribute to A$AP Yams, the A$AP Mob founder, who died yesterday.

Yams’, real name Steven Rodriguez, death was confirmed yesterday (January 18) with A$AP Rocky (pictured right) and A$AP Ferg both posting their own tributes online after the news broke. Since then a large number of rappers and artists have followed suit, with Drake, Rihanna, Danny Brown, The Weeknd, Mark Ronson and Azealia Banks among the many to share their feelings for the 26 year-old.

RCA Records, who are the parents company to A$AP Mob label A$AP Worldwide, have confirmed news of Rodriguez’s death. The cause of death has yet to be released.

In a statement given to Rolling Stone, they wrote: “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.”

Yams was instrumental in the formation of A$AP Mob in 2007 and the group went on to release the 2012 mixtape ‘Lords Never Worry’. He began his career as a rap blogger before moving behind the scenes of the music industry and is credited as being a key figure in Rocky’s solo success.

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