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Influential L.A. artist David Axelrod, whose work was sampled by Dr. Dre and Eminem, dies at 83

Influential L.A. artist David Axelrod, whose work was sampled by Dr. Dre and Eminem, dies at 83

For most, the works “Songs of Innocence” and “Songs of Experience” will forever be linked to the poet William Blake, but to beat-based musicians, producers and legions of jazz-funk fans, they’re the influential first two solo albums by Los Angeles producer, composer and arranger David Axelrod. 

The Los Angeles native died Sunday at 83, leaving behind a body of work whose soulful grooves, grand string arrangements and meticulous melodies continue to reverberate in some of the hip-hop era’s biggest hits, most notably Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg’s “The Next Episode.”

Axelrod’s death was confirmed by his wife Terri Axelrod through their longtime friend Eothen Alapatt. No...

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