International rock icon David Bowie died last night at age 69.
David Bowie died Sunday night at age 69 after a private, 18-month battle with liver cancer. A defining figure of '70s glam rock, Bowie is considered one of the greatest song writers of the last 50 years. His final album, a collaboration with a jazz quintet entitled Blackstar and released just two days ago, is indicative of Bowie's relentless forward-thinking style determination to stay ahead of the broader musical curve.
Though he didn't collaborate with many rappers, Bowie possessed the sort of outsider's perspective that has defined hip hop for decades. The number of hip hop figures who have already honored Bowie on social media (with the lone exception of Lord Jamar, who managed to inject his usual flavor of homophobia into his RIP David Bowie post), demonstrates Bowie's influence. The Roots will perform at a memorial concert at Carnegie Hall on May 31.
R.I.P. David Bowie.
David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) January 11, 2016
I pray for his friends and family.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) January 11, 2016
What a honor, what a soul. David Bowie, Spirit of Gold. RIP.— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) January 11, 2016
David Bowie is still 1 of the best 2 EVER do it!His art transcended color & $ boundaries. May God bless his soul. pic.twitter.com/CWpVyZWRzh— COMMON (@common) January 11, 2016
RIP to a musical genius who transcended all races with his music. From Buckingham Palace to Forrest Projects, all knew his songs #DavisBowie— FAT JOE (@fatjoe) January 11, 2016
rest in peace David Bowie .— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) January 11, 2016
was in a session when the news about Bowie broke. we watched "black star". the session was over. no point.— el-p (@therealelp) January 11, 2016
RIP David Bowie - someone who was connected to the source— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) January 11, 2016
David Bowie was a true innovator, a true creative. May he rest in peace 🖖🏾 #RIPDavidBowie— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) January 11, 2016
R.I.P David Bowie. 🌠— SKEPTA (@Skepta) January 11, 2016
Rest in peace David Bowie 🙏— G-Eazy (@G_Eazy) January 11, 2016
DAVID BOWIE 💜💜💜💜💜— ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) January 11, 2016
The entirety of my David Bowie gestalt begins and ends with this movie right here. Peace Out! pic.twitter.com/g8pfQvFEeD— Lupe Fiasco (@LupeFiasco) January 11, 2016
Danny Brown (@xdannyxbrownx) January 11, 2016
RIP to the Legend David Bowie— Rockie Fresh (@rockiefresh) January 11, 2016
Rip David Bowie— FERG (@ASAPferg) January 11, 2016
Long live David Bowie. Rest in peace musical legend Ziggy Stardust @DavidBowieReal— Vanilla Ice (@vanillaice) January 11, 2016
He was 1of my 'HEROES'I just CANNOT believe it.. On the heels of his bday... His top notch album #RIPDavidBowie starman thin white duke— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) January 11, 2016