News: BREAKING: Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs Dead, Hip-Hop Reacts

Wednesday, Oct 5, 2011 8:33PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs passed away Wednesday (October 5) due to cancer, resulting in various hip-hop stars sharing their condolences and well wishes to his legacy.

According to reports, Jobs passed away due to multiple health-related reasons.

Apple Inc co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs, counted among the greatest American CEOs of his generation, died on Wednesday at the age of 56, after a years-long and highly public battle with cancer and other health issues. Jobs' death was announced by Apple in a statement late on Wednesday. The Apple.com homepage featured a black-and-white picture of him with the words "Steve Jobs, 1955-2011." A survivor of a rare form of pancreatic cancer, he was deemed the heart and soul of a company that rivals Exxon Mobil as the most valuable in America. (Reuters)

Apple has also released a statement on the man responsible for Apple's iPod, iPhone and iPad products.

"We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today," Apple said. "Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve." (Los Angeles Times)

Young Money's Nicki Minaj sent her well wishes to the late Jobs.

"An innovator. Contributed so much to this generation & beyond. RIP Steve Jobs.," she tweeted October 5th. (Nicki Minaj's Twitter)

Producer Swizz Beatz also reflected on Jobs' legacy.

"RIPS STEVE JOBS THE GREAT! HE CHANGED OUR WORLD IN MANY WAYS NOW HE IS GOING 2 ANOTHER WORLD OF GREATNESS I GUESS HE GRADUATED WITH HONORS" (Swizz Beatz's Twitter)

UGK's Bun B thanked the late innovator for his lasting legacy.

"Thank you Mr. Jobs. For everything. #RIP" (Bun B's Twitter)

While rapper Rick Ross makes references to the Apple iPhone on his "9 Piece" single, Jay-Z directly referenced Jobs on 2006's "Prelude" off Kingdom Come.

"Head and shoulders, my invisible neck/You see Hova wasn't digital yet/Befo' Steve Jobs made the iPod/Was gettin' head jobs, we call that intimate" ("The Prelude")

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