John Legend, Kelly Rowland, Pete Rock and More React to Aretha Franklin’s Death
Just three days following reports that Aretha Franklin was gravely ill, the legendary singer has died. The 76-year old Queen of Soul died in her Detriot home on Thursday (Aug. 16) following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
After the news broke, several hip-hop and R&B artists publically sent their love and support to Franklin. Now, those same stars are mourning the passing of the icon.
"This is truly a sad day. Rest peacefully queen. Icon. My sincere condolences to her family," Kelly Rowland tweeted. “This morning we lost an icon a legend a voice a musician an activist: her soul lives on may you sleep in heavenly peace ms. franklin, ” Maxwell said a shortly after tweeting a crying emoji.
"The 3 seconds it takes for Aretha Franklin to oooooze out the words “Sittin around..” is as pure & creative & as honest as any singer I’ve ever seen when a performance goes beyond mere entertainment," Questlove posted on Instagram. "THIS is what we need to get back to. Where raw genius rises above marketing strategy & monetary reach & “likes” (because let’s face it, look at the Billboard singles/Spotify singles/iTunes singles—-could she even find space to develop this talent? Or just give up & get a reality show and pray this works out?"
Throughout her career, she has been sampled in hip-hop and R&B over 400 times. Her song "One Step Ahead" was sampled by Mos Def for "Ms. Fat Booty," "Call Me" was sampled for Slum Village's "Selfish," and Method Man's "Spazzola," and "Rock Steady" has been sampled by everyone from OutKast to EPMD.
Check out the reactions from hip-hop and R&B below.