A$AP Yams, the founder of A$AP Mob—a hip-hop collective whose most famous members include A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg—has passed away, The Fader reports. He was 26 years old; the cause of death is unknown.
In a 2013 interview with The New York Times, Yams, whose legal name is Steven Rodriguez, described himself as the Yoda to A$AP Rocky's Luke Skywalker. Members of the collective registered their grief on social media.
No information has been released yet about the cause of Yams' death; however, his extensive drug use was well known. "I got to chill," he had told the Times. "It's not a good look up there in the office. They're not gonna have any faith."
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend A$AP Yams," Polo Grounds Music, A$AP Mob's record label, said in a statement to The Fader. "A true visionary, Yams was a driving force in A$AP Mob. Our condolences go out to his family. He will be truly missed."
if i die before i wake i pray that A$AP will be great my momma good and my girl be late so it'll be another me and the world be straight
— ...... (@ASAPYams) April 26, 2012