Flying Lotus honors Ras G with “Black Heaven”

    The track was recorded the last time the two saw each other.

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    Yesterday, Flying Lotus shared the song “Black Heaven,” a tribute to the late Ras G, on Gilles Peterson’s BBC Radio 6 show.

    Ras G, who revealed he was ill with diabetes, pneumonia, and heart failure in December 2018, passed away last week. He was a Brainfeeder co-founder and a celebrated hip hop producer, whose experimental body of work held comparisons to the likes of J Dilla and Madlib.

    Flying Lotus came on BBC Radio 6 to remember Ras G, and revealed the backstory behind their collaborative track. “I just kept playing, and then he [Ras G] started recording. The next day, he sent me something back, and it was titled ‘Black Heaven,’” FlyLo explained.

    On the program, FlyLo called Ras G “his dear friend” and an “ally in the sonic warfare.” The producer continued, “He’s one of those people that I just thought would be here forever.” 

    “But, thankfully, we have his music that will be here forever, and his influence will live on in me and everyone else who was inspired by him,” FlyLo said.

    You can listen to his segment on Peterson’s show and “Black Heaven” here: