James Mtume, Whose ‘Juicy Fruit’ Became a Hip-Hop Beat, Dies at 76

In a wide-ranging career, he went from playing percussion with Miles Davis to writing and producing sleek R&B to a long stint on political talk radio.

James Mtume, Whose ‘Juicy Fruit’ Became A Hip-Hop Beat, Dies At 76

The New York Times – by Jon Pareles

James Mtume, the musician, songwriter, producer, bandleader and talk-radio host whose 1983 hit “Juicy Fruit” has been sampled in more than 100 songs, died on Sunday at his home in South Orange, N.J. He was 76.

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