Multi-talented singer/songwriter/producer/musician Kashif Saleem wasn't inducted into the R&B Hall of Fame as a "Living Legend" in 2004 for nothing. Since his professional start as a teen in the '70s disco/funk band B.T. Express, the Harlem, New York native (born Michael Jones before he changed his name after studying Islam) was best known for his production talents, bringing the synthesizer to R&B and was even heralded a "master of music."
Kashif, whose name means discoverer or inventor, worked with many A-listers including a young Whitney Houston to veteran singer Dionne Warwick. After his untimely death on Sunday from undetermined causes at the age of 59, Billboard dug through the crates to uncover several gems the R&B titan helped create beyond his own catalog below.