Dr. Dre, Madlib, and Lil Wayne were just a few artists who sampled Axelrod's music.
David Axelrod, legendary composer and inspiration to sample-based hip hop producers, died at his Los Angeles home this weekend. He was 83.
Axelrod rose to prominence in the late '60s as an A&R and producer at Capitol Records. He produced Cannonball Adderley's iconic jazz fusion record “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” in 1967 and released a pair of iconic solo albums, Song of Innocence and Songs of Experience, in 1968 and 1969. He would go on to release music sporadically over the course of the next three decades. His particular brand of jazz-rock fusion would become extremely influential in the crate digging community. His compositions were most notably sampled by Dr. Dre on "The Next Episode" and Swizz Beatz on Lil Wayne's "Dr. Carter."
Enjoy some of Axelrod's work below.
Flying Lotus, Madlib, and Questlove are among the artists and journalists who have paid their respects to Axelrod on social media.
RIP to the great David Axelrod. https://t.co/6Qg5asMMEC— FLYLO (@flyinglotus) February 6, 2017
Damn RIP to the goat David Axelrod.😪— Frank Dukes (@FrankDukes) February 6, 2017
So sad to hear about the passing of musician/composer #DavidAxelrod. He was so immersed in creativity and so pure with his arrangements he WAS hip hop. And understood and appreciated hip hop culture (most cats would get guarded about time moving on & easily take the "NO!!!!!!!!" disposition if they aren't informed. David embraced and often reached out to producers and beatmakers for cool collabos) he appreciation for music and his ability to recognize musicianship is what I'll take from him. Rest in Melody.
I'll never forget meeting him for the first time in 1998. We asked him to do a remix for "Rabbit In Your Headlights" off the Unkle album.— DJ Shadow (@djshadow) February 6, 2017
So honored to have known you David, you are a bonafide hero to an entire generation of hip-hop kids and musical dreamers. Miss you Axe!!!— DJ Shadow (@djshadow) February 6, 2017
Just a few of the David Axelrod samples in hip-hop. He was easily one of the most brilliant composers of the last half century. pic.twitter.com/hSnlsPwWx4— Otto Von Biz Markie (@Passionweiss) February 5, 2017