ASAP Rocky has said nothing to the media so far about the death of his friend and “spirit guide” ASAP Yams, who is to be buried today in Manhattan. But last night, on Saturday (Jan. 24), after performing only two songs at the Sundance Film Festival for the afterparty of his new movie Dope, Rocky quickly left the stage. The last song was dedicated to Yams.
Afterwards, he spoke to Billboard about the death of Yams, born Steven Rodriguez. “People were saying that Yams overdosed on drugs –he didn’t overdose on any drugs,” says Rocky, though he declines to comment on the official cause of Rodriguez’s death. “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.”
Rocky also revealed that he finished his next album just before Rodriguez passed, and it’s co-executive produced by Dangermouse, of all people. “Dangermouse and Yams — I’m really intrigued for people to hear how that combination sounds. Yams manifested his powers into it.”