Drake, Azealia Banks and the ASAP Mob pay tribute to ASAP Yams following news of his death

The founder of one of the most successful hip hop collectives in recent years has died, according to ASAP Mob members

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Artists have paid tribute to hip hop legend A$AP Yams, who has reportedly died at the age of 26.

Drake, Azealia Banks and other members of the A$AP Mob have posted messages of condolence to friends and family of the Mob co-founder.

Steven Rodriguez, aka Yams, grew up on the southern edge of Harlem. He co-founded the Mob - one of the most successful hip hop collectives in recent years -with fellow New Yorkers A$AP Bari and A$AP Illz in 2007.

"We wanted to become big," he explained in an NYT profile, "but we didn't want to do it by hopping on somebody else's wave. We wanted to come in the game with our own wave."

There are currently no further details available and there is yet to be any official confirmation of Yams' passing.

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