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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It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to one of our brothers, Gregory Shorter, otherwise know as RAS G. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and fans around the world. One of the founding members of Brainfeeder and one of the most important figures in the Los Angeles Beat Scene. Rest In Peace G. We love you. (Ohhh Rass!!!) (Airhornnnnn!!!)
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.
Following news of his death, electronic and hip hop artists alike have paid tribute to the producer on social media. Read them below.
very difficult to imagine life without Ras G.
— FLYLO (@flyinglotus) July 29, 2019
My heart aches. Goodbye @Ras_G, my backwood loving modern Sun-Ra . You were at my first beat cypher at Project Blowed. You always saved a spot for me at Low End. You let me smoke my first backwood. I took this pic w you in Arcata in 2011. You made it to the Spacebase. RIP homie pic.twitter.com/oUkaFI30qb
— T᷈O᷈K᷈iM᷈O᷈N᷈S᷈T᷈A᷈ (@TOKiMONSTA) July 29, 2019
RIP Ras G, LA's intergalactic ambassador, the Sun Ra of the beat scene whose vision spanned alternate dimensions & unseen worlds. A gentle sorcerer, soft-spoken & humble, suffused w/ the ability to render cosmic white noise into something that glided & banged. A giant w/out peer. pic.twitter.com/8rcM5qXizj
— Otto Von Biz Markie (@Passionweiss) July 29, 2019
Damn RIP Ras G. Your energy will be missed.
— LAMBOLAMBO ? (@LAMBOLAMBO) July 29, 2019
Rly don’t know what to say u changed my life G. Ur music ur vision ur attitude ur acceptance. truly beautiful human being thank u for ur energy and sharing it with us. love to ur family and all the friends who love u ❤️❤️❤️ @Ras_G ❤️❤️❤️
— shlohmo (@shlohmo) July 29, 2019
Wishing Ras_G a peaceful voyage to the ultimate Space Base in the cosmos. Ras was one of the most prolific and influential producers of the LA beat scene and showed us what true artistry and authenticity really is. Our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and fans. pic.twitter.com/1hJsKNUtLs
— Fat Beats (@fatbeats) July 29, 2019
Rest in peace, Ras G. Stream the producer’s final mixtape, Down 2 Earth Vol 4, below: