A$AP Yams, who cofounded New York City hip-hop collective A$AP Mob, has died. He was 26.

A$AP Yams Dies

A$AP Yams’ death was announced by RCA Records Sunday. “All of us at RCA Records are shocked and saddened to hear of the death of A$AP Yams,” the record company wrote in a statement. “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.”

Polo Grounds Music also released a statement, which read, “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.”

As of yet, the exact cause of A$AP Yams’ death has not been revealed.

A$AP Yams wasn’t as much of a household name as other A$AP Mob members A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg. However, he is credited with being the mastermind behind the scenes and the driving force behind the launch of their respective careers.

“Rocky’s like Luke Skywalker, and I’m Yoda,” Yams explained in an interview with The New York Times in 2013.

Since news of his death broke, tributes from members of the hip-hop community have flooded Twitter and Instagram.


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