Veteran Producer Josh The Goon Has Passed Away

The Hip-Hop community is mourning the death of producer, engineer, and music executive Josh The Goon. Born Josh Fadem, he was known for producing pivotal Freddie Gibbs songs such as “National Anthem,” and elements of 2009’s The Miseducation Of Freddie Gibbs. News broke last night (June 13) online.

Outside of simply beats, Josh was closely tied to the Gibbs’ early 2010s team that eventually landed the ESGN MC on Decon, and later, Young Jeezy’s CTE label. The Los Angeles, California-based Josh would also work with Soul Assassins affiliates Planet Asia, Sick Jacken, and Bambu.

The cause of Josh’s death has not been made public at this time.

I miss u bro, it’s always rough the next morning after u process all this shit.

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Josh formed the production duo L.A. Riot Music with Speakerbomb. Outside of beat-making, he engineered extensively including, Gibbs’ acclaimed Pinata album with Madlib.

Besides Gibbs, who mourned his friend and collaborator in a series of posts, Planet Asia, Slaine, Vinnie Paz, and Statik Selektah are among those who publicly expressed reflections.

Josh’s death follows two weeks that also mark the passing of U.T.F.O.’s The Educated Rapper and former Universal Zulu Nation spokesman and artist T.C. Izlam.

Ambrosia For Heads extends condolences to ESGN, as well as the family and friends of Josh.