Prolific Experimental Beats Producer Ras G Has Passed Away at 39

The artist helped usher in Los Angeles’ experimental hip-hop scene.

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Los Angeles-based DJ and producer Ras G has passed away at age 39, Brainfeeder confirms. Arguably one of the most renowned producers out of the city’s psychedelic and extraterrestrial-tinged experimental beats scene, Ras G was a co-founder of Brainfeeder and was closely associated with Flying Lotus as well as various acts from Stones Throw Records. On top of releasing 14 albums over the past 11 years and a number of EPs, the prolific beats mastermind also collaborated alongside Flying Lotus, Thundercat, and Open Mike Eagle.

Ras G became known for his ability to conjure samples in a meticulous manner — he was a hardcore crate-digger who managed to conjure up cosmically-oriented beats that he referred to as “Ghetto Sci-Fi” — also the name of his own label. In 2018, he told MerryJane that his sound originated from his studio’s off-kilter layout:

My label is called Ghetto Sci-Fi music, which is how I identify my studio and music-making methods. Ghetto in terms of set-up/layout, but it’s a science to how it all works together and fiction to most who come from a more professional studio setting.

Ras G’s ability to mandate such otherworldly creations helped in ushering in Los Angeles’ expansive experimental beats and bass scene, effectively giving the region its own unique hip-hop flavor.

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