We at the Weekly were saddened this past weekend to hear of the passing of A$AP Mob co-founder A$AP Yams. His official cause of death is still unknown. He was 26. A young mastermind who created the strongest movement in Harlem hip-hop this decade, as well as guided friend and protege A$AP Rocky to the number one album in the country in 2013, his contributions to hip-hop stretched far past the projects he had a hand in making.
YouTube Screen Capture A$AP Yams
Originally known to many as East Side Stevie, Yams changed and impacted the way rap was discussed on the internet. Frivolous as that sentence may sound, Yams' blog, originally "RealNiggaTumblr" and then his personal page, started just as a hip-hop head curating his posts around his passions. His combination of sheer zeal and vast knowledge made his online presence spread rapidly. More than just a tastemaker, Yams made having a substantial knowledge of music and thoughtful discussion of it seem cool for an entire new generation of music fans, especially young New Yorkers who've utilized the Internet to study rap music from outside the five boroughs with an interest seldom found in previous generations.
Yams shared a lot of great music with us all. It is in that tradition and in memory of one of our favorite personalities in hip-hop and fellow music writers that we present five tracks Yams put us on to from his various mixes.More »