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Chance The Rapper, Nicki Minaj, Trey Songz, Gucci Mane, Missy Elliott, Lauryn Hill, and many more have publicly shared their condolences in an outpouring of support after hearing about the death of Aretha Franklin, who passed away at her Detroit home Thursday morning (Aug. 16).
Many in the hip-hop community are understandabley saddened by the loss, as the "I Say a Little Prayer" singer has a special place in the heart of a number of artists, providing much inspiration in spawning the next generation of great musicians.
Franklin's longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn confirmed the news in a statement, admitting that the Queen of Soul had been in an advanced battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 76-years-old.
Check out reactions to the Queen of Soul's death across hip-hop below.
The 3 seconds it takes for #ArethaFranklin to oooooze out the words “Sittin around..” is as pure & creative & as honest as any singer I’ve ever seen when a performance goes beyond mere entertainment. THIS is what we need to get back to. where raw genius rises above marketing strategy & monetary reach & “likes” (because let’s face it, look at the Billboard singles/Spotify singles/ITunes singles—-could she even find space to develop this talent? Or just give up & get a reality show and pray this works out? Now figure out the legions of talent that we either dismissed or passed on today or even the mesmerizing talent we’ve been shown near this level that can’t even begin to thrive in this environment without some angle) for those not in the know & wanna know, with the exception of her yet to be seen Sidney Pollack documentary Amazing Grace (her best captured 2 hours 1972 in chu’ch, in her zone in south central Los Angeles—-w The Rolling Stones sitting IN THE DECON SECTION)—-this Performance at the #MontreuxJazzFestival in 71 is as good as it gets: as a singer, as a bandleader (midshow she calls an audible and the brass section just gives up playing & accepts they are just happy to have best seats in the house), as a piano player—-so underrated!—and the fact she has her ace band in tow too (#KingCurtis as MD & #BernardPurdie on drizzums)—-this is her most magical effortless skillful scientific talents on display. Long Live #QueenAretha.
RIP Aretha Franklin— Gucci Mane (@gucci1017) August 16, 2018
R.I.P. Aretha Franklin Queen Of Soul ----— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) August 16, 2018
The moment I wake up, before I put on my make up, I say a little prayer for you— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) August 16, 2018
Rest easy #ARETHAFRANKLIN I imagine u in heaven performing & still making people souls move---- this was my aunt favorite record #RockSteady you will always be the Queen of Soul you been that before many of us were born! Thank you for giving us LEGENDARY TIMELESS music ----❤️ pic.twitter.com/bEueBCLGJ9— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) August 16, 2018
Rest In Peace to our Queen of Soul. Her contribution to music and to the empowerment and enrichment of our hearts, Spirits and souls is immeasurable.— Ms. Lauryn Hill (@MsLaurynHill) August 16, 2018
Thank you Ms. Aretha Franklin for sharing your anointed gifts with us. They changed the world. We are deeply grateful!
Rest Up Aretha Franklin— ZXLTRXN (@denzelcurry) August 16, 2018
All of us. ALL of us stood on your shoulders. You were the Genesis of it all. The Genesis of the word, “Soul”...— 9th Wonder (@9thwonder) August 16, 2018