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18 January 2015, 16:19
Tributes have been paid from A$AP Mob members A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg.
A$AP Yams, the founder of A$AP Mob, has died at the age of 26, according to social media posts from other members of the hip-hop collective, including A$AP Rocky.
No further details, including a cause of death, have been released.
A$AP Yams, real name Steven Rodriguez, founded A$AP Mob in 2007 when he was still only 17. The group has gone on to launch the careers of several prominent rappers including A$AP Rocky.
Yams was a prolific user of Tumblr, using the platform to express his style and influences, and in an interview with the New York Times in 2013 said "Rocky's like Luke Skywalker and I'm Yoda."
Tributes have been paid from across the hip-hop world via Twitter and Instagram.
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