Stepa J. Groggs of Injury Reserve died at 32.

Hip-hop artists formerly based in Phoenix shared information on social media, tweeting “STAY IN POWER Jordan Alexander Groggs, a loving father, life partner and friend. (6/1 / 1988-6 / 29/2020) . “

They also shared a link to a GoFundMe page for family support and services. Groggs is survived by Anna Ford, her life partner, and their four children Joey, Jayden, Toph and Ari.

The GoFundMe page says: “The heart of Groggss has touched everyone he has met. He will live thanks to his family, his supporters and the communities from which he was separated.”

Phoenix rapper Mega Ran retweeted Injury Reserve, adding, “Oh my god. My prayers to all.”

Another member of the Phoenix hip hop scene, Damien Tragedy James, called Injury Reserve inspirational, saying that they were “one of the many acts that showed me that it was possible to go more far away from the scene. “

Groggs’ death has touched every corner of the scene.

As local rockers Paper Foxes wrote on Facebook. “Injury Reserve will always be one of AZ’s most original and incredible acts. This is shocking and heartbreaking news. Our love and support goes to his friends and family. Jordan was such a cool and down to earth guy down. is crazy. “

How Injury Reserve erupted from Phoenix

Formed in 2013, the trio first made a name for themselves with their first self-published album entitled Live From the Dentist Office. “

Released in 2015, the album was named in honor of the fact that the tracks had been recorded in a real Valley dentist’s office when producer grandfather Parker Coreys finished seeing patients.

Anthony Fantano, the busiest music nerd on the Internet, as he was known to be called hyped their Needle Drop debut as a really cool modern spin on an old classic and one of the most hip-hop debuts impressive that I have heard.

The trio who also presented MC Ritchie With a Tdelivered on this promise with an even better second album, Floss, before moving to California in early 2017.

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As Corey explained the transition to the Republic at the time, “We started to reach this ceiling in Phoenix where the people we had to talk to, the people we had to meet with, the industry, it was not just not Phoenix. And we were starting to make our way through that so we had to be here. “

They ended up signing an agreement with Loma Vista Recordings, a label whose list includes St. Vincent, Iggy Pop and Common, which released an eponymous album in May 2019.

The Line of Best Fit praised the album, writing: “I can’t imagine there will be too many rap albums this year to improve the debut of Injury Reserve. It’s a group that can achieve the same volatility and the same direct ingenuity of BROCKHAMPTON., in less than a quarter of the workforce. “

Sputnikmusik also liked it, saying it was “as coherent as a hip hop album you could hope for” and quoting Groggs and Ritchies “growing skepticism with modern hip hop culture and heightened awareness of his claims “as one of the reasons for this.

On “Three Man Weave”, the last track on the album, Groggs recounts his childhood dreams of playing the hula hoop when he grew up, apologizing to his uncle for wasting his money at the basketball camp. Her story, however, has a happy ending.

“Then I found something I was good at,” he says. “Something I believed in.”

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