Peers, fans take to social media to celebrate ASAP Yams

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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