The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, has passed away at the age of 76. A publicist for Aretha confirmed that she died in her Detroit home on Thursday morning after a long battle with advanced pancreatic cancer.
After the news broke, Lauryn Hill, Chance the Rapper, Diddy, and Nicki Minaj were among many hip-hop artists who payed their respects.
Here are some of hip hop’s reactions :
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.
Thank you Ms. Aretha Franklin for sharing your anointed gifts with us. They changed the world. We are deeply grateful!
— Ms. Lauryn Hill (@MsLaurynHill) August 16, 2018
RIP Aretha Franklin
— Gucci Mane (@gucci1017) 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
RIP THE GOAT THE QUEEN… pic.twitter.com/fxnSTfFNKT
— Diddy (@Diddy) August 16, 2018
Nicki Minaj on Aretha Franklin: “She is the icon of all icons. I don’t know anyone who she hasn’t inspired.” #QueenRadio 👑👑
— Rap-Up (@RapUp) August 16, 2018