Jazz keyboardist and vocalist George Duke was sampled on Hip Hop singles such as Diamond D & The Psychotic Neurotics’ “Stunts, Blunts & Hip-Hop,” Ice Cube’s “True To The Game,” and WC & The Maad Circle’s “West Up.” Yesterday (August 5), Duke died in Los Angeles, California from complications due to chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Between 1966 and 2013, Duke released over 40 albums. He collaborated with Miles Davis and Michael Jackson, among others. A native of San Rafeal, California, Duke also became a musical director.

“The outpouring of love and support that we have received from my father’s friends, fans and the entire music community has been overwhelming,” said his son, Rashid Duke, in a statement published at USA Today. “Thank you all for your concern, prayers and support.”

Two of those from the Hip Hop community to respond to the news publicly include Roots’ bandleader ?uestlove and Soul/R&B star Erykah Badu:



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