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David Axelrod, the composer and producer whose arrangements provided fertile ground for sampling for generations of Hip-Hop artists, died last Sunday at the age of 83. No cause of death was provided. DJ Shadow, a friend of Axelrod who frequently sampled the producer, confirmed his death on Twitter.
Axelrod’s music could be heard on songs like Dr. Dre’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 hundreds more.
Following news of Axelrod’s death, many in the Hip-Hop community paid tribute to the influential producer. Hit Continue Reading to check some of the tweets. BlackoutHipHop extends condolences to David Axelrod’ family and friends.

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