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In a 2013 New York Times profile, Yams, born Steven Rodriguez, said "Rocky’s like Luke Skywalker, and I’m Yoda." Rocky called him "the mastermind behind the scenes," the "director", and a "hip-hop encyclopedia". He was instrumental in helping find the A$AP sound and ran the Mob’s early online presence.
Several artists who knew Yams have reacted to his death:
A photo posted by PRETTY FLACKO (@asvpxrocky) onJan 18, 2015 at 3:53am PST
You were the brilliant mind ,you put us on Game , you changed our lives. You changed my life , you changed the world. R.i.P YAMZ there can never be another one after you . #asapworldwide #asapferg #yamborgini #yamz
A photo posted by asapferg (@asapferg) onJan 18, 2015 at 3:20am PST
Rest in peace Yams. A$AP is family.
— Drizzy (@Drake) January 18, 2015
Fuck. RIP Yams. Such a smart, funny and clever dude. This is terrible. So much love to the ASAP fam.
— Quavo Ranchero (@atrak) January 18, 2015
Damn. RIP @ASAPYams
— Mac (@MacMiller) January 18, 2015
Damn RIP Young Yams…
— #BRON2ON (@ActionBronson) January 18, 2015
— AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) January 18, 2015
So sad about @ASAPYams RIP !
— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) January 18, 2015
Rwg ASAP Yams.
— Cameron (@wizkhalifa) January 18, 2015
YAMS . Mannnnn. Fuck this shit.
— Alchemist (@Alchemist) January 18, 2015
R.I.P. Yams man. Fuck.
— Metro Boomin (@MetroBoomin) January 18, 2015
jesus… RIP yams. Like the first dude to post my music in high school and give me the time of day http://ift.tt/1BnDIgb
— ry sremmurd (@ryanhemsworth) January 18, 2015