Edwin Birdsong died on Monday night time, January 21, in Los Angeles. The funk legend handed on the age of 77. His legacy as a keyboardist extends previous his contributions as a session musician for notable artists like Stevie Wonder, Roy Ayers. Birdsong launched 5 albums of his personal, together with What It Is launched in 1972, Supernatural which got here out the next 12 months, and his 1979 self-titled document that includes “Cola Bottle Baby.”
Birdsong’s music is perhaps most recognizable to youthful generations within the works of Hip Hop artists who’ve sampled his melodic strains. His genius will be heard on Daft Punk and Kanye West’s “Stronger,” which borrowed from his 1979 “Cola Bottle Baby.” De La Soul and Gang Starr additionally tapped into his 1980 monitor “Rapper Dapper Snapper” to create “Me Myself and I,” and “Skills” respectively. The musician’s collaboration with Roy Ayers produced many basic tunes reminiscent of “Running Away” and “Daylight,” later sampled by A Tribe Called Quest for “Description of a Fool” and “Bonita Applebum” respectively.
“Uncle Bird was an expensive household pal and is an integral a part of the DNA of hip-hop music.” Marlon Williams Jr., son of DJ Marley Marl, informed Okayplayer. “A silent however impactful keyboardist and vocalist,” he added, “Birdsong stays as a legend within the jazz/funk/disco world.”