Since the death of A$AP Yams in January, crew frontman A$AP Rocky has been tight-lipped about his fallen comrade’s passing.
The cause of death was previously unknown, but this week, reports revealed that the 26-year-old’s passing has been ruled an accidental drug overdose. The New York City Chief Medical Examiner has determined that Yams’ death was ruled an accident, caused by “acute mixed drug intoxication” — including opiates and benzodiazepine.
In an interview with the New York Times, Rocky finally opened up about Yams, saying he is deeply hurt by his death, while revealing his struggles with drug addiction. In fact, he recalls a time his friend so high while traveling once that he had to be taken off the plane in a wheelchair.
“I hated to see him like that,” Rocky says. “That was it, man. It was like, ‘You got to go to rehab.’ ”
Rocky said he first confronted Yams in 2011, after which he would get sober for a month at a time, but it wasn’t enough. “I caught him a bunch of times, but he would still hide it,” Rocky says. “He was kind of private about it. He didn’t want his mom to know. He didn’t want me to know.”
Rocky goes on to reveal that he and fellow A$AP Mob member, A$AP Lou, were the ones that found him. The pair knew something was wrong when they found Yams asleep in a bed full of vomit.
“I was wilding on everybody, like, ‘Who let him do drugs?,’ even though you can’t blame nobody,” said Rocky. “He always had a struggle with drugs. That was his thing.”
Yams (born Steven Rodriguez) played a pivotal role in the rise of A$AP Rocky and the A$AP Mob collective. He told the New York Times in 2013 that “Rocky’s like Luke Skywalker, and I’m Yoda,” while Rocky referred to Yams as the “mastermind behind the scenes.” He was credited as an executive producer on A$AP Rocky’s 2013 debut, Live.Love.A$AP.