You never really know who your music is going to impact when you introduce it to the world, though if Sunday was any indication, Walter Becker left quite a mark. Artists from all walks of life paid tribute to the fallen co-founder of Steely Dan, acknowledging the legacy of his music in the hours following his passing.

That included a bunch of prominent members of the hip-hop community, even though Steely Dan's influence might not be as easy to see in that genre. The band's work has been turned into hip-hop music before—most notably when Kanye West flipped "Kid Charlemagne" for his song, "Champion," after writing the group a handwritten letter to get the sample cleared—but it would be hard to guess offhand which rappers and producers would hold Becker's work dearest.

Thankfully for us, they let it be known on Sunday. Questlove, Talib Kweli, Just Blaze, and a few others paid their respects to Becker, thanking him for his contributions to music.


#RIPWalterBecker Steely Dan is a huge part of my musical DNA

A post shared by Talib Kweli (@talibkweli) on Sep 3, 2017 at 10:03am PDT

They were far from the only artists to pay tribute to Becker, and the most prominent tribute came from his former Steely Dan partner, Donald Fagen. Fagen penned a brief summary of their life and work together, detailing their journey from college buddies to rock stars, and reflected on his singular talent.

He was smart as a whip, an excellent guitarist and a great songwriter. He was cynical about human nature, including his own, and hysterically funny. Like a lot of kids from fractured families, he had the knack of creative mimicry, reading people’s hidden psychology and transforming what he saw into bubbly, incisive art. He used to write letters (never meant to be sent) in my wife Libby’s singular voice that made the three of us collapse with laughter.

Fagen promised to keep the spirit of Steely Dan alive as long as he's able to, but if the tributes don't make it clear, it'll be hard to replace what Becker brought to the group, and what he brought to musicians from all over.