A rapper before there was rap. Next to James Brown, Hayes was one of producers’ favorite targets when it comes to sampling. Not that he minded. — Billboard

A true historic world music figure. “Isaac Hayes was the first African-American to win an Oscar for a music score but never lost sight of his commitment to his community and the betterment of mankind.” — Allhiphop

Soul legend. Quitting his gig as Chef on South Park after the show started mocking Scientology, Hayes said: “There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of others begins.” — Popeater

Rest in Peace, Legend. Here’s a great collection of Isaac Hayes videos. — Illseed

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