Rest In Paradise A$AP Yams

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“Rocky was still getting his sea legs as a rapper. Yams saw him possessing a blend of Kid Cudi’s melodic sense and Mase’s Harlem Flash” — Jon Caramanica, NY Times  

Sad news shakes hip hop today as word on the death of A$AP Mob’s founding member, A$AP Yams, spreads through social media feeds; rap and hip hop culture will feel the loss of one of its beloved sons for good.

But his legacy is not forgotten, or even yet fully realised, at 26-years-old Yams is known as the driving force and creative mind behind establishing the A $AP Mob. After meeting A $AP Rocky in 2008 through mutual friends, it was Yams’ sense for fine threads and aesthetic that honed Rocky’s style into the hybrid trap, hip hop, spitter-swag it is. Beginning with Purple Swag, Yams pushed the single on his blog titled Real Ni**as Tumblr, and the rest was history.

In 2013 Jon Caramanica wrote in the NY Times: “Rocky was still getting his sea legs as a rapper. Yams saw him as possessing a blend of Kid Cudi’s melodic sense and Mase’s Harlem flash. Rocky also had long, straight hair, pulled into a ponytail. “The good ‘Player’s Ball’ swag, definitely ‘So Fresh, So Clean’ swag,” Yams snickered, referring to some early Outkast looks .” 

Rocky was seeking “somebody who could actually direct us to get to where we need to go, and that’s what Yams was. He was like the director,” said Duke Da God of Diplomat Records.

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What made Yams stand out was his progressive taste and passion for hip hop culture. What he’s left behind is an unfinished pathway, but one with the foundation put down at leas. For Millennial rap and future hip hop leaders. “Hip-hop has long been obsessed with fealty to a specific place and time, and Yams’s vision of the genre as an open house, not a fortress, qualifies as a radical one. He’s happy, though, to exert pull in the shadows,” wrote Caramanica. 

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 With no official information regarding the cause of Yam’s death, the news of the loss is taking its time to sink in. A$AP Ant told DJ Vlad there’s no way Yam’s death was the result of drugs as people have been speculating. He asked that fans leave the tabloid talk to bloggers and people who do that for a living , instead of speculating about Yam’s cause of death. He was especially upset at those honing in on pictures of A$AP Rocky at the hospital where Yams passed.

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What made Yams stand out was his progressive taste and passion for hip hop culture. What he’s left behind is an unfinished pathway, but one with the foundation put down, respectively, for Millennial rap and future hip hop leaders. “Hip-hop has long been obsessed with fealty to a specific place and time, and Yams’s vision of the genre as an open house, not a fortress, qualifies as a radical one. He’s happy, though, to exert pull in the shadows,” wrote Caramanica. 

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With no official information regarding the cause of Yam’s death, the news of the loss is taking its time to sink in. A$AP Ant told DJ Vlad there’s no way Yam’s death was the result of drugs as people have been speculating. He asked that fans leave the tabloid talk to bloggers and people who do that for a living, instead of speculating about Yam’s cause of death. He was especially upset at those honing in on pictures of A$AP Rocky at the hospital where Yams passed.

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“We gon’ get through it though..it’s gon’ be hard… We gon’ do this for Yams and make this things come alive man. Cause he’s supposed to been the next rap mogul,  he supposed to been the next Diddy, the next Suge Knight, the next innovator on some Teddy Riley shit” — A$AP Ant.

As a lover of hip hop Yams began downloading music on Napster and navigating the realms of the internet instead of focussing on school, at 16 he began an internship at Jim Jones and Camron’s label, Diplomat Records. He described his Tumblr as a mix of nerdy and ill shit; its regarded by many as a reliable source for trends and fashion. Yams also leaves behind his YAMBORGHINI record label, separate to the A$AP umbrella; it features artist like Chipper Jones and Vince Staples to name a few.

“Rocky’s like Luke Skywalker, and I’m Yoda,” Yams said, in the Times article. Jon Caramanica added, “Rocky may be a natural star, one of the most charismatic figures in contemporary mainstream hip-hop and the one with the most expansive approach to his music. But his road to the top was paved with the help of Yams, who is a spirit guide, a muse, a curator of sonic ideas.”

Rest In Paradise Yams.

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