RIP Donald Byrd

Donald Byrd, the hugely influential jazz and funk trumpeter, passed away on Monday. Innovative and transcendental, Byrd broke new ground in his exploration of the intersections between bebop, funk, soul and R&B. Byrd’s legacy is firmly entrenched both in the span of his critically-acclaimed discography and in his continued influence on hip-hop, his samples forming the basis for many of the genre’s best jams, including Black Moon’s “Buck ‘Em Down” and Nas’ “NY State of Mind” and Public Enemy’s “Fear of a Black Planet”. RIP.

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