Toronto artist Drake has gifted friend ASAP Rocky with a diamond-encrusted pendant honoring the late ASAP Yams.
On January 18, 2015, founder of Hip Hop collective, ASAP Mob, ASAP Yams, died at the age of twenty-five. Yam’s, real name Steven Rodriguez, founded the collective under the acronym “Always Strive And Prosper.” Officially his cause of death was consequently from an overdose due to mixed drug intoxication. However, ASAP Mob members dispute this and claim he died from asphyxiation as a result of his sleep apnea.
Drake, knowing the importance of Yams Day, a celebration of Rodriguez life, gave the ultimate gift to ASAP Rocky. The custom pendant, made by luxury jeweler Jason of Beverly Hills, is crafted with 500 grams of gold and 15 carats of diamonds. Taking more than three months to complete, it features some very realistic features from the deceased rapper.
Wearing a bright Coogi sweater, showing his birthmark and face tattoo, holding a cup in his left hand, the detailed pendant certainly pays tribute to him. A dedication engraved on the underside reads; “ASAP YAMS November 13, 1988, – January 18, 2015 Harlem, NY.”
In a video posted online, ASAP Rocky said, “This is crazy, I just wanna look at it, man, Drizzy a good dude, bro.”
Shortly after Yam’s death, ASAP Rocky spoke with Billboard about the love he felt towards his deceased friend. “He showed me that there are people who can be born from another woman and another man but be as loyal to you as a blood brother, if not more. He had my back, man. Me and him had the same vision, and he knew how to help me reach it.”
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Furthermore, in 2016, ASAP Mob launched Yams Day, a celebration concert for their founder’s life. Every year since, Yams Day has got bigger with performers such as Kendrick Lamar, Soulja Boy and Meek Mill. Portion of the ticket sales goes to the Always Strive and Prosper Foundation, founded by Yam’s mother, Tatianna Rodriguez. The foundation provides young people with education about substance abuse. Yams Day 2020 takes place today, January 18, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.