Renowned Rapper and Producer August 08 of Def Jam Record Passes Away at 31

American rapper and producer August 08, renowned for his association with Def Jam Recordings, has sadly passed away at the age of 31. The news of his untimely demise was conveyed by his former label 88rising and also shared in an emotional Instagram post by his family. While the cause of his passing remains undisclosed, his impact on the music industry and his notable collaborations with prominent artists like Justin Bieber and DJ Khaled are undeniable.

August 08, born Ray Davon Jacobs, gained prominence as the co-writer of Justin Bieber’s chart-topping track “Sorry” and DJ Khaled’s hit “I’m the One.” 88rising posted a heartfelt tribute on social media along with a picture of the artist, expressing deep sadness and commemorating his exceptional talent and kindness. The record label acknowledged his role as a mentor and steadfast friend, emphasizing the lasting inspiration he provided through his energy and guidance.

August 08’s sister, LaSherry ‘Joy’ McKinney, shared a touching message from their mother, announcing the passing of her son and acknowledging his roles as a singer, songwriter, and mentor. The message highlighted that his legacy would continue to flourish through his music, and his impact on the world would persist.

Having released his first EP, titled “Towards the Moon,” in July 2022, August 08 had already made a significant mark on the music scene. His collaborations with prominent figures such as Quavo, Lil Wayne, Justin Bieber, and Chance the Rapper showcased his versatility and creativity.

As fans and the music community mourn the loss of this talented individual, August 08’s memory will undoubtedly live on through the melodies he created and the lives he touched.

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