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'Injury Reserve' rapper Jordan Alexander Groggs dies at 32, shocked fans mourn the loss of a legend

Groggs joined the 'Injury Reserve' in 2012 when he began rapping under the pseudonym Stepa T Groggs
Jordan Alexander Groggs (The Come Up Show/ Wikipedia Commons)
Jordan Alexander Groggs (The Come Up Show/ Wikipedia Commons)

Arizona-based hip-hop group 'Injury Reserve' confirmed the death of its group member and rapper Jordan Alexander Groggs on June 30 through a tweet. The group tweeted the news of the demise with "REST IN POWER Jordan Alexander Groggs a loving father, life partner and friend. (6/1/1988-6/29/2020)." In a follow-up tweet, they attached a link to the GoFundMe page created for Groggs's family. 

The GoFundMe page's description reads, "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." Groggs died at a tender age of 32, and the cause of his death hasn't been revealed yet. 

Groggs joined the 'Injury Reserve' in 2012 when he began rapping with the pseudonym Stepa T Groggs. Prior to joining the group, he worked at his fellow group member — Nathaniel Ritchie's mother's Vans store. Groggs was introduced to Ritchie while working at the store, and the duo soon hit it off over their common interest in music. Soon, producer Parker Corey joined the duo and they became a trio and began rapping under the group name of 'Injury Reserve'. Groggs and Ritchie's rap to Corey's catchy beats soon captured the attention of fans. 

The group managed to amass a solid following in Arizona's underground rap scene. They went on to release a series of mixtapes that were well-received by the public. The group signed on to Loma Vista and released a self-titled album last year. The trio's last releases were two singles called 'Hoodwinked' and 'Waste Management', which they released early this year. 

Fans were in a state of shock when they heard the news of their favorite rapper's death and began showering condolence messages and recounting how Groggs's music touched them. A fan wrote, "His verses always felt like a shoulder for me to lean on last year. I can’t imagine what his friends and family are going through right now. Rest in paradise, man." Another fan shared, "RIP to an absolute legend. He will be greatly missed and always appreciated. so sorry for your loss." Another said, "Only time I've ever cried during a concert was seeing him perform What A Year It's Been. That song resonated with me a lot last year. Gonna be a long time before I can listen to that one again though. Meeting him after the show he seems so genuine and appreciative of the fans," recounted a fan.