Up-and-coming San Francisco rapper Lil Yase (born Alexander Mark Antonyyo Jr.), 26, was shot and killed in the East Bay area on Saturday (Nov. 28).
According to a press release from the Dublin Police Department, officials believe Yase was shot near the East Dublin BART station around 1:00 a.m., with officers responding to reports that a person with multiple gunshot wounds had been transported to a medical facility in Pleasanton, California.
“On Saturday, November, 28, 2020, about 1:00 a.m. Dublin Police responded to Valley Care Medical Center in Pleasanton for a report of a subject who had just arrived suffering from multiple gunshot wounds,” reads the statement from police. “Initial information led officers to believe the shooting may have occurred near the East Dublin BART station. The victim was transported via ambulance to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley where he later succumbed to his injuries.”
The rapper’s label, Highway 240 Productions, also paid tribute to the MC, writing, “We appreciate all the love and support. Yase loved his fans, he worked every day for y’all. We have hundreds of songs coming for you. Please repost and share let the world know who the “Top Dog” is @yasemoney600 @yasemoney600.”
The label also teased a collab EP with fellow Bar Area MC Itsfatfat called “Every Day Is Friday!”, which was announced one day before Yase’s murder.
At press time, spokespeople for Yase had not yet returned requests for comment.
According to his Spotify bio, Yase began making videos for his tracks on a borrowed iPad when he was 18 while living in Sunnyvale, a neighborhood outside San Francisco, falling in with a crew of rappers that included Llama Llama, Sage the Gemini and Yatta. He gained local attention with video for remix of the 2015 single “Get It In” featuring G-Val, Lil Blood, Mozzy, Nef the Pharoah and Yatta, followed by the songs “Bum B–ch,” “Worst Way,” and “Furl.” He dropped the 2016 mixtape From the Black Too Alot, followed by 2018’s Winner’s Circle and last year’s Sorry For the Heat EP.
Yase, who was perhaps best known for his 2019 track with the Shoreline Mafia, “Mad,” also released the single “Case Closed” last month.
Check out some tributes to Yase below.
RIP Lil Yase. “Pull Up” with Drakeo was a genuine Bay to LA classic, one of the first to really set off the next wave of West Coast rap.
Another tragedy in a year filled with little else. pic.twitter.com/FedCS9sJHP
— Otto Von Biz Markie (@Passionweiss) November 28, 2020
RIP LIL YASE
RIP YOUNG CURT
— P-Lo (@p_lo) November 28, 2020
San Fransisco Rapper Lil Yase Shot Dead Walking Out The Studio at 25 Years Old! ♂️
Rest In Peace, Lil Yase! pic.twitter.com/XoZ69gOnx5
— SFTY+ (@sftyplus) November 29, 2020
RIP Lil Yase. I met up with him in Sunnydale and interviewed him for my first ever FADER feature in 2016. At the time, he was doing something that felt completely new and different in Bay Area rap. https://t.co/B5bAWLpYkd
— ben (@bendy_L) November 28, 2020
Lil Yase had my first year outta high school boomin RIP to a bay legend
— _LA (@lisaaugustinee) November 28, 2020
You if you was out partying in 2016 then you was really slappin lil yase or at least me & my friends were #riplilyase
— NATALiA (@420NAT420) November 28, 2020
rip to my guy, lil yase came through wingstop a handful of times and was always hella courteous and chill. Not to mention he always had us goin crazy back in middle school with slaps. rest easy mannn https://t.co/Up4JJw7ckt
— emilio (@enashtyy) November 28, 2020
Watch the “Mad” video below.