Just days after it was revealed that Steven “A$AP Yams” Rodriguez died from “an acute mixed-drug intoxication,” his friend and protégé A$AP Rocky opened up to the New York Times to discuss the death of influential hip-hop figure and the A$AP Mob founder’s continual struggles with drug addiction.
“Yams was like a mystery. He was like the Great Gatsby,” Rocky said of Yams, with whom he had linked up in 2007. In the Times article, Rocky goes in depth on the music manager’s addiction issues, which Yams tried to keep secret from the rapper, as well as his failed attempts at getting clean. “He always had a struggle with drugs,” Rocky said. “That was his thing.”
Rocky also went into detail about the night Yams died and reveals that he was at Yams’ Williamsburg, Brooklyn apartment with some friends that evening. At around 3 a.m., A$AP Lou told Rocky that Yams wouldn’t wake up and that there was vomit on his bed. He previously had dealt with apnea issues – “There would be times that I would catch Yams choking on his own tongue,” Rocky said – and that likely contributed to his early death of an accidental overdose at the age of 26.
Yams’ death was just the latest tragedy to hit Rocky as his father also passed away in 2012 and his brother was killed when the rapper was just 13. “You know when you lose somebody, you start to feel alone?” Rocky asked. “I don’t feel like that at all this time. I don’t feel alone. I just miss him.” Even though Yams died before Rocky completed the follow-up to his major label debut, Long.Live.A$AP, he’s listed alongside Danger Mouse as an executive producer on Rocky’s upcoming album.