Ras G

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Ras G
Birth nameGregory Shorter Jr.
Also known as
  • Ras G & the Afrikan Space Program
  • Ras G & the Alkebulan Space Program
Born(1978-12-11)December 11, 1978[1]
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
DiedJuly 29, 2019(2019-07-29) (aged 40)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresHip hop[2]
Occupation(s)
InstrumentsSampler
Years active2005–2019
Labels
  • Brainfeeder
  • Leaving Records
  • Poo-Bah Records
  • Ramp Recordings
  • Fat Beats
  • Ghetto Sci-Fi Music
  • Street Corner Music
  • Akashik Records
Associated acts
Websitewww.poobah.com

Gregory Shorter Jr.[3] (December 11, 1978 – July 29, 2019), better known by his stage name Ras G, was an American record producer and DJ from Los Angeles, California.[4] He was a co-founder of the record label Poo-Bah Records[5] and was also associated with Brainfeeder.[6] He released 24 albums and mixtapes since his debut in 2008.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Ras G started his career in 2005.[7] He released Brotha from Anotha Planet in 2009.[8] His solo album, Down 2 Earth, was released on Ramp Recordings in 2011.[9] He released a free EP, titled Ainat, in 2012.[10] In 2013, he released Back on the Planet on Brainfeeder.[11]

He died in Los Angeles on July 29, 2019, aged 40.[1]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Ghetto Sci-Fi (2008)
  • I of the Cosmos (2008)
  • Brotha from Anotha Planet (2009)
  • Down 2 Earth (2011)
  • Spacebase Is the Place (2011)
  • Raw Fruit (2013)
  • Back on the Planet (2013)
  • Raw Fruit Vol. 2 (2014)
  • Seat of the Soul (2014) (with VHVL)
  • Raw Fruit Vol. 3 (2014)
  • 5 Chuckles (2014) (with Koreatown Oddity)
  • Down 2 Earth Vol. 2 (2014)
  • Raw Fruit Vol. 4 (2015)
  • The Gospel of the God Spell (2016)
  • Baker's Dozen (2016)
  • 5 Chuckles: In the Wrld (2016) (with Koreatown Oddity)
  • My Kinda Blues (2017)
  • Stargate Music (2018)
  • Down 2 Earth Vol. 3 (2019)
  • Down 2 Earth Vol. 4 (2019)
  • Dance of the Cosmos (2019)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Beats of Mind (2008)
  • Raw Fruit Vol. 1-2 (2014)
  • Raw Fruit Vol. 3-4 (2015)
  • El-Aylien Tapes (2016)

EPs[edit]

  • Day & Night (2005) (split with Black Monk)
  • Overcast78 (2005)
  • Beats of Mind (2006)
  • Black Dusty Rhodes Meets Ras G in a Beat Cypher (2007) (split with Black Dusty Rhodes)
  • I of Cosmos (2008)
  • Destination There (2009)
  • Alternate Destiny (2010)
  • El-Aylien Part I (2010)
  • Los Angeles 3/10 (2010) (split with Samiyam)
  • Views of Saturn Vol. 1 (2011) (split with Sun Ra)
  • Kampala Blackouts (2012)
  • El-Aylien Part II (2012)
  • Ainat (2012)
  • Untitled (2013) (split with Gonjasufi)
  • Other Worlds (2015)
  • Alternate Destiny (2017)

Singles[edit]

  • "777" (2013) (split with Gonjasufi)

Productions[edit]

  • Dwight Trible & The Life Force Trio - "The Rhythm" from Love Is the Answer (2005)
  • Kaigen - "Primitive Planet" from Re: Bloomer (2011)
  • Open Mike Eagle - "Warhorn" (2012)
  • Zeroh - "Yumshit" from Classic Drug References Vol.01 (2013)
  • Koreatown Oddity - "Film Roll Splices and the Deleted Scenes" from 200 Tree Rings (2014)

Remixes[edit]

  • Flying Lotus - "Sleepy Dinosaur (Ras G Remix)" from L.A. EP 2 X 3 (2008)
  • Clouds - "Timekeeper (Ras G Remix)" (2008)
  • Take - "Golden Gate Reflections (Ras G Remix)" from Plus Ultra EP (2008)
  • Build an Ark - "Dawn (Ras_G & the Afrikan Space Program Remix)" from Dawn Remixes (2009)
  • King Midas Sound - "Cool Out (Ras G & the Afrikan Space Program Rework)" from Without You (2011)
  • Thundercat - "Daylight (Ras G Remix)" (2012)
  • Mono/Poly - "Los Angeles (Ras G Remix)" from Killer B's (2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Russonello, Giovanni (July 31, 2019). "Ras G, 40, Hip-Hop Producer and Force in L.A. Music Scene, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  2. ^ Richards, Will (July 29, 2019). "LA hip-hop pioneer Ras G has died". NME. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Beaumont-Thomas, Ben (July 30, 2019). "Hip-hop and funk producer Ras G dies aged 39". The Guardian. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  4. ^ Sodomsky, Sam (July 29, 2019). "Los Angeles Producer Ras G Has Died". Pitchfork. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  5. ^ Siegal, Daniel (September 2, 2011). "Finding records in a haystack". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  6. ^ Williams, Harrison (July 29, 2019). "Brainfeeder affiliate Ras G has died". Mixmag. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  7. ^ Washington, Rico (June 29, 2009). "Ras G: Into the Outer Reaches". XLR8R. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  8. ^ Washington, Rico (April 27, 2009). "Ras G Brotha From Another Planet". XLR8R. Archived from the original on December 24, 2011. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  9. ^ Ryce, Andrew (August 3, 2011). "RA Reviews: Ras G - Down 2 Earth (Album)". Resident Advisor. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  10. ^ O'Connor, Brandon (December 12, 2012). "Download a Free EP from Ras G". XLR8R. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  11. ^ Raymer, Miles (August 12, 2013). "Ras G: Back on the Planet". Pitchfork. Retrieved August 1, 2019.

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