A$AP Mob founder A$AP Yams has died at age 26. The cause of death is currently unknown.
Yams ran a popular hip hop blog before founding A$AP Mob, a collective that now includes rappers like A$AP Ferg and A$AP Rocky. “Yams is the hip-hop encyclopedia,” Rocky told New York Times for a 2013 profile on Yams. “He’s no joke. That’s one person I can’t front on when it comes to music.”
A$AP Mob members have been posting tributes to Yams online since news of his death broke, including one from Ferg that addresses Yams directly: “You were the brilliant mind, you put us on Game, you changed our lives,” he said in a Tumblr post. “You changed my life, you changed the world.”
RCA Records, which represents some of the A$AP Mob artists, also offered their sympathies in a statement. “All of us at RCA Records are shocked and saddened to hear of the death of A$AP Yams. As one of the creative forces behind A$AP Worldwide, Yams’ vision, humor, and dedication to the members of A$AP Mob will always be remembered. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.”