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David Axelrod, Visionary Composer and Hip-Hop Production Muse, Dead at 83

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David Axelrod–visionary, genre-bending composer and icon of sample-based rap producers–passed away at his Los Angeles home this weekend, according to Billboard. The cause of death is unknown. He was 83.

Axelrod began his musical career in 1967 as an A&R and producer at Capitol Records, where he produced jazz and rock music, including the defining…