As someone who came up interning for two of the greats in Max B and Messy Marv, Stevie Yams deserved so much better than a neo-rap clotheshorse like A$AP Rocky and a talentless chancer like A$AP Ferg. Yet he didn't give a fuck what any of us thought 'cause he was gettin' money AND pussy like Rico, and he was such a convincing public face for the A$AP brand that he somehow managed to convince a entire generation that the group were Houston rap mavens despite the fact that A$AP Ferg is oblivious to the existence of Z-Ro.
Yams was a marketing genius as proven by the results he got out of such mediocre rappers and the trail of copycat Tumblr-blogger failed A&R bums trying to push the likes of Kitty Pryde and Khalil Nova in the wake of his RNT okie doke working, but I liked him best when he was cracking jokes about Eskay being an "outta pocket Bun B lookin' hoe" or finding a wife with "a pussy that smells like Visvim candles", and when he was simply posting music I'd never heard before. Here's my ten favourite songs as discovered via ChoppasOnDeck, RealN*ggaTumblr, and Yamborghini:
2. Gunplay - Mask On (2011)
3. Cam'Ron, Cardan & Ma$e - DJ Clue freestyle (1998)
4. A-Mafia - 1000 Grams (2010)
5. Husalah ft. Kool G. Rap - Hus G. Rap (unreleased)
6. Messy Marv - Ima Tell You Whut's Real (2008)
7. Sicko Mobb - Fiesta (2013)
8. Triple C's - White Sand (2009)
9. Will Smith ft. Big Pun, R.O.C & Cam'Ron - Gettin' Jiggy With It So So Def mix (1997)
10. Wooh Da Kid ft. Waka Flocka Flame & Bo Deal - Body Bag (2010)
Hope the fella is up in rap-blogger Heaven still wearing his trademark 28" leg APC New Standards and talkin' No Limit deep cuts with the late great Matthew Africa. Also hope the rap industry will finally stop using and promoting codeine; of all the confusing paradoxes contained in rap music, perhaps the most baffling one is the glorification of a substance that's turned a plethora of great rappers to into washed-up wrecks and is responsible for the untimely demises of numerous DJs, rappers, producers, & managers.