It’s been one week since the untimely death of A$AP Worldwide Records owner A$AP Yams.
The Harlem-bred 26-year-old’s passing, shook the Hip Hop community last week, spawning the trending topic on Twitter #RIPYams and multiple condolences from rappers he either worked with or groomed.
In addition to A$AP affiliates Ant, Ferg and Nast, Drake, Azalia Banks, Wale and 2 Chainz, among others have spoken out about the loss of the NYC tastemaker.
Rocky recently had an emotional interview with Billboard, in which he expressed his feelings regarding the concealed cause of death, Yams’ role on his forthcoming album and his outlook moving forward.
Rocky wouldn’t disclose the cause of Yams’ passing but he did dispel rumors claiming that he overdosed on drugs.
“People were saying that Yams overdosed on drugs — he didn’t overdose on any drugs,” Rocky tells Billboard. “I feel like people feel that way because that’s all he’s in pictures doing. When you see A$AP Yams you see Hennessey or purple drink, you see some type of controlled substance or illegal narcotic.”
Yams was a major factor in the launching of Rocky’s career.
He served as the executive producer of Rocky’s debut Long. Live. A$AP album and is also set to receive co-executive producer credits for Rocky’s untitled follow-up.
Rocky told Billboard that both Yams and Dangermouse (Black Keys, Gnarls Barkley) helped craft the project.
“Dangermouse and Yams — I’m really intrigued for people to hear how that combination sounds,” Rocky said. “Yams manifested his powers into it.”
The tragic news is still fresh in Rocky’s mind but he seems confident he’ll be able to return to form in time.
“I’ll be back in my zone in a bit,” he said. “I just got it get it together. This all happened and the timing is so wrong, with me doing Sundance and Mens Fashion Week in Paris…I’m a happy spirit, man, and I feel like time heals.”
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