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Def Jam singer and producer, August 08 is Dead

Ray Davon Jacobs, popularly known as August 08, a singer and producer with Def Jam Recordings, died Wednesday, aged 31.

August 08 His death was confirmed by his former record label 88rising and an Instagram post by his family, though no cause of death was given. 

Their statement read;

“It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of Ray Jacobs, also known as AUGUST 08.

“RIP August the kindest and most talented genius you will be missed beyond words,’ the statement added. 

‘Thank you for being an amazing mentor and a steadfast friend through all these years,’ the statement continued.

‘We are forever grateful to you and the joy you brought in every room, through every song. Your energy, guidance and care gave so much inspiration and strength that will be carried on always,’ the label added.

‘Thank you for helping us be brave. We will miss you so much, love you August,’ they concluded.

The musician’s sister, LaSherry “Joy” McKinney, shared a message from her mother, which stated, ‘It’s with our deepest sorrow that we announce the death of our beloved son, brother, uncle, singer, songwriter and mentor… Ray Davon Jacobs… also known as August 08.’

“He will continue to blossom and spread his love through music. With love, August’s mom Mena,’ the message concluded.

LaSherry shared a message herself in the caption, adding, ‘As we all try to press through understand that we all come here to serve a soul purpose.’

August 08 was best known for co-writing the hit song “I’m the One” by DJ Khaled, which featured Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, and Lil Wayne. He also collaborated with Jhené Aiko, Kehlani, Joji, and ScHoolboy Q on various projects. He was signed to Def Jam Recordings and was formerly part of the 88 Rising Collective, a platform for Asian and Asian-American artists.

The musician – who also performed under the moniker August Grant – also wrote the song Fashion Week by Wale and G-Easy.

August 08 released his latest EP, “Pretend It’s Okay,” in June this year. It included the single “Bruises,” which had a dance-themed music video.

May his soul rest in peace.

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