Legendary Composer & Producer David Axelrod Has Passed Away At 83
Mon, 06 Feb 2017 09:53:36
Legendary composer and producer David Axelrod has passed away at the age of 83. No cause of death has been reported. DJ Shadow, who was a longtime friend of Axelrod, confirmed his death on Twitter.
Axelrod may be best known for his music that was sampled in a variety of hip hop hits, including songs like Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's "The Next Episode," De La Soul's "I Am I Be," UNKLE's "Rabbit in Your Headlights" and Ghostface Killah's "Stay True" as well as productions by DJ Premier, Madlib, Swizz Beatz, and many more.
Many members of the hip hop community have paid tribute on social media to the composer, including DJ Shadow who Tweeted, "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. David could be incredibly intimidating, & he did not suffer fools...but if he liked & respected you, he was the most loyal friend on earth. So honored to have known you David, you are a bonafide hero to an entire generation of hip-hop kids and musical dreamers."
Questlove wrote on Instagram, "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."
Axelrod contributed to a variety of genres across the music community, from jazz to hip hop to rock. He will be sorely missed.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff