Montana went to Instagram this week with rare footage of Yams kicking jokes in the street.
Over the last 24 hours, various A$AP Mob members have remembered Yams’ life.
— SOHH (@sohh) November 14, 2018
In 2016, Yams’ mom Tatianna Paulino penned an op-ed piece about her son’s life and non-stop efforts to keep the Mob thriving.
My son was under a tremendous amount of pressure to keep the A$AP Mob collective striving together, successful and producing hit recordings. At the same time, he told me he felt as if he was being squeezed out of the group of creative friends he had spent so much time and energy putting and keeping together. For Steven, money was tight; he never had much. In fact, I had to pay for his drug treatment through my employee benefits plan. This was not missed on Steven. Over time, he grew less comfortable with his role and place with A$AP. The business began to weigh on him mentally and physically. He often felt uneasy in having to make the transition from a fun collective of friends, to a business partner in A$AP Worldwide, the business. In my mind, his drug use was a strategy to decompress and release.” (Noisey)
Paulino also shut down the idea of Yams wanting to kill himself by dying from an overdose.
To be clear, I recognize that parents, including me, should discourage drug use. But, you should also know that my son wanted to get high, not die. And because this is the case for many young people, whether we like it or not, we should do all we can do to keep them safe and alive. It’s the humane thing to do. (Noisey)