According to the Brooklyn Office of Chief Medical Examiner, A$AP Yams‘ death was an accident caused by acute mixed drug intoxication. The A$AP Mob founder combined opiates and benzodiazepine, which are commonly used together. “It’s actually pretty rare to see somebody only using one. Benzodiazepines and the opiates both can cause death when you take too much of them,” Dr. Michael Kelley stated. He continued, “They potentiate each other, they make each other stronger. And so one plus one doesn’t equal two…it equals three or four.” A$AP Yams, born Steven Rodriguez, was found unresponsive on January 18th and taken to a nearby hospital in Brooklyn. The 26 year-old was pronounced dead at Woodhull Medical Center.
A$AP Mob is hip hop group that was formed in 2007 by A$AP Yams. The Mob consists of rappers, video directors, producers, and fashion designers. Some of the group’s most notable members include A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Ant, A$AP Nast, and producer A$AP Ty Beats.
A$AP Rocky’s 2011 mixtape Live. Love. ASAP gained him gave notoriety on the underground and mainstream level. The success of the mixtape helped the rapper secure a major record deal with Polo Grounds/RCA/Sony Music Entertainment. Live. Live. ASAP featured the songs “Peso,” “Purple Swag,” and “Brand New Guy” featuring Schoolboy Q. “Peso” reached Number 75 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, which is an impressive feat for a mixtape record.
A$AP Rocky‘s studio debut, Long. Live. ASAP, was a big success on the music charts. It peaked at the top of several music charts including the Billboard 200, UK R&B Albums, and the Canadian Albums chart.Long. Live. ASAP also reached Number 7 on the Australian Albums, UK Albums, and New Zealand Albums charts as well. The project featured guest appearances by Kendrick Lamar, Drake, 2 Chainz, Schoolboy Q, Joey Badass, Big K.R.I.T., and more. “Goldie,” “F**kin’ Problems,” “Wild for the Night,” and “Fashion Killa,” were all released from the debut album.
“Goldie” reached the US and UK music charts; peaking at Number 55 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and Number 98 on UK Singles chart. The second single “F***in’ Problems” featuring Drake, 2 Chainz, and Kendrick Lamar sold over two million copies in the US. The hit song, produced by Noah “40” Shebib and Drake, reached the Number 8 position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
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