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