Los Angeles hip hop producer Ras G dies at 39

The producer co-founded Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label.

Ras G, a celebrated hip hop producer from Los Angeles, has died. He was 39.

Brainfeeder Records, the label launched by Flying Lotus and co-founded by Ras G, confirmed the news on Monday in an Instagram post: “It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to one of our brothers, Gregory Shorter, otherwise [known] as Ras G. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and fans around the world.” The cause of death has yet to be revealed.

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Back in December, Ras G revealed that he had been diagnosed with diabetes, pneumonia and borderline high blood pressure, among other health issues, but claimed he was “trying to get my health back up.”

Described as one of the “most important figures” in the LA beat-making scene, Ras G was known for his efforts in shaping and influencing the experimental hip hop movement. His works were often a spacey blend of laid-back lo-fi beats, a genre the producer personally dubbed “ghetto sci-fi.”

Over his decade-long career, Ras G worked alongside artists like FlyLo, TOKiMONSTA, Thundercat and Open Mike Eagle, among others. He also released more than ten albums and projects under the moniker. Ras G’s final release was the Down 2 Earth Vol 4 mixtape, which arrived late last month.

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Following news of his death, electronic and hip hop artists alike have paid tribute to the producer on social media. Read them below.

Rest in peace, Ras G. Stream the producer’s final mixtape, Down 2 Earth Vol 4, below:

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