Jordan Groggs, aka Stepa J. Groggs of the hip-hop trio Injury Reserve, has passed away at the age of 32. No cause of death has been revealed at this time.
The group confirmed the news on social media, writing: “REST IN POWER Jordan Alexander Groggs a loving father, life partner and friend.” They also posted a link to a GoFundMe for Groggs’ family, which continues: “Groggs’s heart has touched everyone he has came across. He will live on through his family, supporters, and the communities he was apart of. Jordan Alexander Groggs is survived by Anna and their four children Joey, Jayden, Toph, and Ari. Please keep them in your thoughts. All funds will go towards family support and services.”
Groggs and Injury Reserve’s Nathaniel Ritchie (Ritchie With a T) started collaborating shortly after they met at a Vans store, where Groggs was working, and which was owned by Ritchie’s mother. They were eventually joined by a young producer named Parker Corey, who helped push their sound forward. Their first mixtape was 2015’s Live from the Dentist Office, which was followed a year later with Floss, earning them the title of “the most unpretentious hip-hop you ever heard.” They released their critically acclaimed self-titled debut in 2019, via Loma Vista, further showcasing the trio’s inventive approach to hip-hop. Earlier this year, they released the tracks ‘Hoodwinked’ and ‘Waste Management’.
You can contribute to the GoFundMe page for Groggs’ family here.
REST IN POWER Jordan Alexander Groggs a loving father, life partner and friend. (6/1/1988-6/29/2020) pic.twitter.com/tYUa4nnebV
— Injury Reserve (@InjuryReserve) June 30, 2020