With Sunday morning's news out of New York that ASAP Yams had died unexpectedly, Twitter erupted with fans expressing grief.
Yams was the man behind the ASAP Mob; while peers ASAP Rocky and ASAP Ferg were the face of the band, Yams was the guru. "My role is everything that comes out from Rocky or anything we make I put stamp of approval on it," Yams said in 2012 in an interview with Vibe. "That's from a musical standpoint to a business standpoint. I make sure everything is right."
Yams, who was born Steven Rodriguez, was a central figure in a resurgent New York hip-hop scene over the last half-decade, and rappers and industry insiders across the world took to social media to mourn his passing.
Azealia Banks, as usual, went straight to the crux:
New York rapper Action Bronson:
San Francisco rapper Lil B:
Surprisingly, fewer Los Angeles artists have expressed condolences. Among those who did is recent transplant Mac Miller:
Odd Future's Casey Veggies was the most prominent of that collective to express public regards:
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