DJ Premier, Just Blaze, Q-Tip and more recently shared their reactions to legendary New York funk and soul musician Jimmy Castor passing away a few days ago from heart complications and the impact he had on hip-hop.
Preemo credited Castor’s music for helping mold the rap game.
“Another Legend passes away! R.I.P. Jimmy Castor…Hip Hop owes him a lot to the culture…Troglodyte, BerthaButtBoogie, It’s Just Begun,” he tweeted January 16th. (DJ Premier’s Twitter)
Just Blaze also expressed the impact Castor’s passing had on him.
“Oh man. RIP jimmy castor 🙁 been in my bubble all day. #legend,” he tweeted. (Just Blaze’s Twitter)
Rap veteran Q-Tip revealed his shock to learning of the soul legend’s death.
“Wow! R.I.P. Jimmy Castor!! P-O-T-E-N-T-I-A-L “tenshal” u 4got the p baby!!,” he tweeted. (Q-Tip’s Twitter)
Boot Camp Clik’s Sean Price sent his condolences to the memory of Castor.
“REST IN PEACE JIMMY CASTOR,” he tweeted. (Sean Price’s Twitter)
The Roots’ Questlove kept an upbeat perspective and envisioned the musician passing over to the afterlife.
“Bboys in heaven are jammin. The creator of their national anthem has joined them. RIP Jimmy Castor. Essential Hip Hop Ingredient. Peace.,” he tweeted.
“Ok music lovers let’s unite. Doo Woppers (world I come from) & Bboys (world that made me) can both claim Jimmy Castor. he was loved” (Questlove’s Twitter)
Having passed away from heart failure this month, Castor is known for influencing hip-hop acts ranging from N.W.A. to Grammy-winning star Kanye West.
Jimmy Castor, a New York funk and soul saxophonist, singer and songwriter whose tune “It’s Just Begun” morphed over 40 years into an anthem for generations of hip-hoppers and mainstream musical acts, died of apparent heart failure Monday in a Las Vegas hospital. He was 71. Castor’s music, including another 1972 hit, “Troglodyte,” spoke for itself thousands of times in riffs and samples by such groups as N.W.A., the 2 Live Crew, Kanye West, Ice Cube and Mos Def, as well as such acts as the Spice Girls, Christina Aguilera and Madonna. (The Associated Press)
Check out Jimmy Castor’s samplers below: