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A$AP Yams
ASAP Yams.jpg
Yams in 2012
Born Jesus Steven Manuel Rodriguez Paulino
(1988-11-13)November 13, 1988
Harlem, New York City, New York, United States
Died January 18, 2015(2015-01-18) (aged 26)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Other names Yamborghini
Years active 2006–2015

Jesus Steven Manuel Rodriguez Paulino (November 13, 1988 – January 18, 2015), professionally known as ASAP Yams (stylized as A$AP Yams), was an American music executive, A&R, and co-founder of the A$AP Worldwide record label. Hailing from the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, New York, he is one of the three founding members of the hip hop collective A$AP Mob, from which he adopted his moniker.


In 2006, A$AP Yams formed the hip hop collective internationally known as A$AP Mob, with fellow New Yorkers A$AP Bari and A$AP Illz. The collective would later include A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Nast and A$AP Twelvyy, among others.

Throughout his career as a music executive, Yams was executive producer for many of A$AP Mob's and their members' albums. He was executive producer on A$AP Mob's 2012 mixtape Lord$ Never Worry, A$AP Rocky's 2013 studio album LONG.LIVE.A$AP, A$AP Ferg's 2013 studio album Trap Lord, and A$AP Rocky's 2015 studio album AT.LONG.LAST A$AP.

In September 2014, Yams appeared in the Noisey documentary "A$AP Rocky: SVDDXNLY" alongside A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Nast, and A$AP Twelvyy.


On January 18, 2015, Yams was found dead at the age of 26.[1][2] The cause of death was ruled an overdose due to mixed drug intoxication.[3] However ASAP Mob members and affiliates say Yams died due to his sleep apnea, which caused asphyxiation and pulmonary aspiration.[4][5][6]


Albums executive produced

Guest appearances

List of guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Artist(s) Album
"The Wave Matthews Band" 2013 Joey Fatts, Dash Chipper Jones, Vol. 2
"I'm Ready" 2015 Bodega Bamz Sidewalk Exec
"Back Home" ASAP Rocky, Mos Def, A-Cyde At. Long. Last. ASAP
"Chamber Lock"[7] 2016 ASAP TyY Best Kept Secret


  1. ^ Ducker, Eric. A Rational Conversation with ASAP Yams. NPR. Retrieved October 28, 2016.
  2. ^ Matthew Trammell, "Also Known," The New Yorker, October 28, 2016.
  3. ^ Caramanica, JON (2015-03-20). "ASAP Yams's Cause of Death: Accidental Drug Intoxication". New York Times (ArtsBeat blog). 
  4. ^ Gale, Alex (2015-01-25). "A$AP Rocky Speaks In-Depth on Death of A$AP Yams For the First Time". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-06-01. 
  5. ^ "ASAP Rocky Says ASAP Yams Suffocated On Vomit & Sleep Apnea Killed Him [VIDEO] : MStarsNews". 2015-03-24. Retrieved 2017-06-01. 
  6. ^ "A$AP Yams' Death Cause Revealed? Joey Fatts Denies Overdose, Talks Sleep Apnea, As Steven Rodriguez Tribute Song Is Released". 2015-01-20. Retrieved 2017-06-01. 
  7. ^ 00:00. "A$AP TyY - Best Kept Secret | Download & Listen [New Mixtape]". Retrieved 2017-06-01.