Not long after the cause of death for A$AP Yams was revealed, A$AP Rocky reflected on the dreadful night he lost his best friend and business partner to an accidental drug overdose. In a recent article from the New York Times, Rocky recalled chilling with several of his friends that fateful night in Yams’ apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which he shared with another crew member A$AP Lou. Rocky said he remembered when Lou pulled him off to the side and told him that there was something very wrong with Yams. After they found him face down and unresponsive on his bed with vomit next to him, Rocky said they knew what had happened.
“I just look at his face. I look at Lou. You could just tell. We knew,” Rocky said. “I was scared. I was wilding on everybody, like, ‘Who let him do drugs?,’ even though you can’t blame nobody.”
The face of the A$AP Mob also detailed his extended friendship with Yams, who’s real name is Steven Rodriguez. Rocky recalled meeting Yams while he was an intern for The Diplomats and said that he was “like a mystery” or “the Great Gatsby.” He also revealed that Yams’ addiction to drugs like Xanax and lean had started to cause him serious health issues. Rocky called him out on his problems with drug use in 2011, but that only led Yams to hide his addiction from everyone. He tried to get better by going to rehab and made an attempt to lay off the pills, but never had any success.
“He always had a struggle with drugs,” Rocky said. “That was his thing.”
Yams served as the executive producer for Rocky’s breakthrough mixtape Live.Love.ASAP and his debut album Long.Live.ASAP. Yams’ remaining work as an executive producer will appear on Rocky’s sophomore release, which is slated to be released this year. Rest in peace, Yams.