R.I.P. David Axelrod

David Axelrod, the composer and producer who’s been sampled in about a million hip-hop songs, has died, Billboard reports. He was 83.

Born in Los Angeles in 1933, Axelrod produced his first album in 1959, and four years later, he was hired as an A&R man and in-house producer for Capitol Records. He went to produce albums for artists like Cannonball Adderley, the Electric Prunes, and Lou Rawls, in addition to releasing several solo albums.

His work, which combined jazz, rock, and R&B while utilizing heavy beats and baroque orchestration, was rediscovered and embraced by the world of hip-hop in the ’90s. His compositions have been sampled by DJ Shadow, Wu-Tang Clan, De La Soul, Lil Wayne, DJ Premier, Cypress Hill, Madlib, and more, and the main sample in Dr. Dre’s iconic 2000 hit “The Next Episode” comes from David McCallum’s Axelrod-produced track “The Edge.”

Listen to some of his work and read some tributes from the music community below.

RIP David Axelrod! Died today 😔

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