A$AP Rocky has discussed the cause of death of his friend and colleague, A$AP Yams.
A$AP Yams’ death was caused by an acute mixed drug intoxication, it was recently confirmed. Yams, whose real name was Steven Rodriguez, was the founding member of A$AP Mob. He died aged 26 in January of this year.
Speaking to the New York Times, Rocky commented: “He always had a struggle with drugs. That was his thing.”
In the new interview Rocky recalls the night of Yams’ death, when he was at A$AP Lou and Yams’ Brooklyn apartment. At 3am, they found Yams unconscious on his bed, which was covered in vomit. “I just look at his face. I look at [A$AP] Lou. You could just tell. We knew,” commented Rocky. “I was scared. I was wilding on everybody, like, ‘Who let him do drugs?,’ even though you can’t blame nobody.”
Yams’ body was then taken to Woodhull Medical Center and Rocky’s ex-girlfriend, model Chanel Iman, came to the hospital. “They were tight,” said Rocky. “She really took it hard, man. She was crying more than me.”
The hip-hop executive behind the careers of A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg and the rest of the A$AP Mob, is ruled to have died accidentally from the drugs which included opiates and benzodiazepine. He was instrumental in the formation of A$AP Mob in 2007 and the group went on to release the 2012 mixtape ‘Lords Never Worry’. He is also credited as being a key figure in Rocky’s solo success, telling The New York Times in 2013 that “Rocky’s like Luke Skywalker, and I’m Yoda”.
A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg both posted tributes to their friend following his death in January. They were then followed by a large number of rappers and artists including Drake, Rihanna, Danny Brown, The Weeknd, Mark Ronson and Azealia Banks among others.