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Brainfeeder co-founder and producer Ras G has died

Brainfeeder has paid tribute to "one of the most important figures in the Los Angeles Beat Scene"...

Brainfeeder co-founder and respected DJ/producer Ras G has died. He was 39.

The passing of the prolific Los Angeles beatmaker - who was born Gregory Shorter, Jr. in 1979 - was confirmed by Brainfeeder earlir today (29th July). While the cause of death is not known, in December, Shorter had been diagnosed with pneumonia, diabetes, hypothyroid and heart failure, but had stated at the time he was "breathing and feeling better than ever". 

In a statement released on Instagram, Brainfeeder and Flying Lotus wrote, "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!!!)"

An influencial artist on the Los Angeles beat scene, Ras G had collaborated with the likes of Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Open Mike Eagle during his career, as well as releasing an extensive catalogue of solo albums and EPs. Along with Brainfeeder, Shorter released music on labels including Poo-Bah Records, Leaving Records, Ramp Recordings and his own Ghetto Sci-Fi Music. 

Known for his psychedelic, sci-fi influenced beats, Shorter described his studio as the Spacebase, citing the influence of legendary jazz Afrofutirist Sun Ra on his production style and ethos. 

Tributes have come from across the electronic music world to a producer whose influence will be felt for years to come.