David Axelrod Dead at 83

David Axelrod Dead at 83
Legendary American composer, producer and A&R rep David Axelrod has reportedly died at the age of 83. While details on his passing are currently unknown, multiple parties have come forth to mourn the lost artist.

Axelrod made his name working at Capitol Records, producing other artists and releasing a dozen albums of his own. His ability to combine soul, jazz and rock elements made him an integral figure in musical history.

Further, his music resurfaced in the '90s when samples of his work appeared in multiple hip-hop songs. As such, he became something of a hip-hop forefather. 

Axelrod has been sampled by the likes of Dr. Dre, the Wu-Tang Clan, Lauryn Hill, Lil Wayne, DJ Shadow, Masta Ace and countless others. In 2001, Axelrod also teamed up with James Lavelle's Mo' Wax imprint to release a celebrated self-titled comeback album.

While we await more information on Axelrod's cause of death, you can read tributes to the late artist from various musicians below.


RIP David Axelrod! Died today 😔

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