10 Hip-Hop Tracks That Sample George Duke

Earlier this week Billboard reported that legendary jazz pianist, producer and composer George Duke died of leukemia at the age of 67. He leaves behind a dense and varied body of work. In addition to working with artists like Frank Zappa and Michel Jackson (on his iconic Off The Wall record), Duke also released a steady stream of imaginative and innovative solo albums that dabbled in jazz fusion, R&B, soul, funk and disco.

Unsurprisingly, those records have proven to be a treasure trove for crate-digging hip-hop producers looking for odd sounds, samples and inspiration. Duke’s impact on hip-hop is immeasurable, but we thought we’d take a look at 10 essential tracks that show off Duke’s musical legacy. – Compiled By Eric Diep And Dan Jackson

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  • L.

    Black Hippy doesn’t sample The Late, Mr. Duke’s “Seeing You”, it jacks the whole beat (keys, drums & all..) from Large Pro’s “Dancing Girl from his album “The LP”. THAT song samples Duke’s “Seeing You…. do the knowledge, XXL!