10 rappers reaction to david bowie’s death(from XXL).

The music world lost one of its most
transcendent artists when David Bowie passed away on Sunday (Jan. 10), sending fans and fellow artists into a state of
mourning. His death was a result of an 18-
month battle with cancer.

The 69-year-old singer, who just dropped
his 25th album, Blackstar, earlier this month, had a deep connection with hip-hop. His
music has been sampled countless times by
some of the game’s biggest names. Even Blackstar was inspired by the sounds of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly. Puff Daddy and the Family’s 1997 hit “Been
Around the World” took a page from
Bowie’s book by sampling his 1983 hit song
“Let’s Dance.” The bassline for Queen and
Bowie’s “Under Pressure” can be heard on
Vanilla Ice’s Grammy-nominated track “Ice Ice Baby.” Jay Z’s famous Nas diss
“Takeover” wouldn’t be what it is today if it
weren’t for elements of the singer’s 1975
song “Fame” included. Public Enemy’s “Night
of the Living Baseheads,” off their It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back album, also samples the track. As news of David Bowie’s passing emerged,
many rappers and producers in the hip-hop
community have used social media to share
their thoughts on his artistry. Kanye West sent his condolences to the
artist’s family as well as revealed the “Space
Oddity” creator’s influence on his career.
“David Bowie was one of my most
important inspirations, so fearless, so
creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime,” he wrote on Twitter. “I pray for his friends and
family.” Pharrell even offered his own tribute to
Bowie. “David Bowie was a true innovator, a
true creative. May he rest in peace
#RIPDavidBowie,” the rhymer tweeted. His label, Columbia Records, also released a
statement about his death: “We are deeply
saddened by the loss of David Bowie. It was
an honor and a privilege to release his
music to the world.” Take a look at the gallery above to see
what the hip-hop community has to say
about the legendary artist’s untimely death.


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