A$AP Rocky made an appearance at the Sundance Film Festival, in order to promote his acting debut in the film Dope. The rapper plays a supporting role in Dope, one of Sundance’s breakout films this year. After the film premiere, A$AP Rocky performed at the Dope premiere after party. The rapper only performed two songs at the show before walking off the stage. He dedicated one of the songs to his crewmate Steven ‘A$AP Yams‘ Rodriguez, the co-founder of the A$AP Mob who died on January 18. A$AP Rocky sat down and spoke exclusively to Billboard magazine about A$AP Yams’ death, “That performance — that was just going to stop me from crying. I had to address it, because the whole time I was rapping and I wasn’t into it, which is sad, but I just gotta keep it real.” The rapper revealed to the magazine that he is in mourning, “I can’t front. It’s even harder knowing that I gotta fly out in less than an hour just to go bury him. That’s the part that eats at me.”
The cause of A$AP Yams‘ death is still unknown, but some people have speculated that Yams died from a drug overdose. A$AP Rocky made sure he cleared the drug overdose rumors to Billboard, “People were saying that Yams overdosed on drugs — he didn’t overdose on any drugs.” The rapper did acknowledge that a lot of pictures on the Internet showed Yams with “purple drink,” or some sort of controlled substance or illegal narcotic. The rapper said those images are a part of the reason why people made the overdose assumption. Rocky did mention that he will eventually be alright, and time will heal his pain, “I’ll be back in my zone in a bit. I just gotta get it together.” Rocky continued, “I’m a happy spirit man, and I feel like time heals.” Rocky also mentioned how much he appreciated all of the heartfelt condolences from his fellow musicians including Drake, 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa, and Azealia Banks. The rapper revealed that A$AP Yams was co-executive producer of his new album, and this would have marked Yams’ first time executive producing an A$AP Rocky album.