ASAP Rocky speaks on ASAP Yams

This time last week, the hip hop world was stunned at the sudden passing of ASAP Yams.

With Sundance going on this week, ASAP Rocky, in town for the debut of his first acting role, granted an interview to Billboard and for the first time opened up on his close friend’s death. He had one performance in Sundance too this weekend and had to stop it and address the crowd about his heavy heart remembering Yams. Some sorrowful quotables below, but it ends on a positive note.

“That performance — that was just going to stop me from crying,” Rocky said, speaking for the first time in detail about Yams’ death. “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. 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.”

On Jan. 20 an NYPD spokesperson told The Fader that Yams’ cause of death was unknown, but that hasn’t stop many from speculating that a drug overdose was to blame. A$AP Ant recently denounced those rumors, and Rocky backed him up.

“People were saying that Yams overdosed on drugs — he didn’t overdose on any drugs,” Rocky said, though he declined to discuss the real cause of Yams’ passing. “I feel like people feel that way because that’s all he’s in pictures doing. When you see A$AP Yams you see Hennessey or purple drink, you see some type of controlled substance or illegal narcotic.”

“I’m a happy spirit, man, and I feel like time heals,” he said. “It’s all about good people with good energy, and the universe keeps producing them to me. I’ll be fine. God is good and I keep all hope and faith.”

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