R. I. P.: How Steely Dan Walter Becker Impacted Hip Hop
Questlove, Talib Kweli, Thundercat and more reacted after the rock icon passed away at 67.
During the weekend, the music world was hit with the news that Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker, has died at 67.
His death was confirmed by the musician's personal website, in a tribute written by his daughter. "He loved music more than anyone I know," she wrote.
It is not only a famous composer, and record producer, Becker also co-founder of the band Steely Dan. Formed in the early '70s, the group became a soft rock staple, and went on to sell over 40 million albums.
Becker Steely Dan co-founder Donald Fagen released a statement paying tribute to his bandmate, concluding that he would "keep the music that we have created alive as long as I can with the Steely Dan band."
Steely Dan the sound caught the attention of many rappers and producers over the years, which have been proven in numerous records.
One of the more notable tracks influenced by Steely Dan was Kanye West, "Champion" which samples the band "do you realize that you were a champion in their eyes" line from 1976's "Kid Charlemagne."
Both MF Doom and Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz opted for example Steely Dan's classic "Black Cow" for their tracks "Gas Drawls" and "Déjà Vu (Uptown Baby)."
While Wiz Khalifa made use of a Steely Dan sample of the "Old Chanel."
Given Becker's influence on the genre, the Hip-Hop community was quick to express his condolences on the social networks.
Questlove offered a warm tribute on Instagram, referring to Becker as "one of my favorites of the architects of the 70 'FM' soft sound".
".....still holds the crown baby" rip #WalterBecker, possibly, one of my favorites of the architects of the 70's, "FM" a soft sound. It was taken for granted growing up before 10 I heard your music and Fagen's voice everywhere: supermarket, waiting rooms, everywhere, cabins, offices, dental chair, sports events, even (Sixers used to RUN a "Peg" during Dr J of the time) in reality lol first time I got sent to principles office in 2nd grad