The enigmatic rock star lost his life after an 18-month battle with cancer, and his family, including his wife, supermodel Iman, were by his side in his final moments. But thanks to his artistry, his hugest moments will live on for generations. While some millennials may not be familiar with the mythical legend, who had one blue eye and one brown eye, they definitely know his music. Bowie’s hit “Fame” was sampled countless times by hip-hop artists, most recognizably on Jay Z‘s “Takeover,” but also by Public Enemy, Ice Cube, and even Ol’ Dirty Bastard.
We’d be remiss to say that the chameleon’s influence spread far beyond the realm of hip-hop. Over his career that spans more than 40 years, he embodied the emerging glam rock scene of the ’80s, and helped form the sound of hard rock, dance, punk, and electronica. The ’80s New York City party scene was his playground, and his persona even influenced a young Madonna.
Listen to David Bowie’s biggest hits, and the hip-hop tracks inspired by them, on Spotify below. We couldn’t forget Nirvana’s epic cover of Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold The World.” Consider it a bonus track.
Also, check out David Bowie’s contributions to hip-hop in this video