Immediately upon hearing the news of the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, musicians took to Twitter and beyond to express their condolences and share memories of the man who revolutionized not only the way we experience music, but the way the world approaches computing.
Trent Reznor offered the following on Twitter: Thanks for the tools, the inspiration, the possibilities… Miss you already Steve.
Mick Jagger said simply: RIP Steve Jobs
30 Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto wrote, "Thank you, Steve, for reminding of us to dream bigger, reach further, push harder, break rules, never give up, be our best, stop at nothing and for showing us how to live this life the way it is supposed to be lived. You put more than a ding in the universe – you made reality from a dream. You changed the course of the lives of all of us in Thirty Seconds To Mars by helping to give us the chance to share our music with the world. We will never forget that. Rest in peace."
Rapper Nicki Minaj tweeted, "Contributed so much to this generation & beyond. RIP Steve Jobs."
Questlove of the Roots tweeted: "Adopted. DropOut. FontLover. LSDlover. Dreamer. Innovator. Fired from his own Apple 1ce. Pixarlogist. 338 PATENTS! philanthropist. #JOBS."
Producer Swizz Beatz tweeted, "RIPS STEVE JOBS THE GREAT! HE CHANGED OUR WORLD IN MANY WAYS NOW HE IS GOING 2 ANOTHER WORLD OF GREATNESS I GUESS HE GRADUATED WITH HONORS."
In longer form tribute, musical visionaries including Rick Rubin and Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons spoke out on the loss.
"I can't think of anyone who had more impact on our culture and quality of life than Steve Jobs," Rick Rubin, record producer and co-chairman of Columbia Records stated. "His vision opened the door to the internet for everyone, his vision allowed us to carry our record collection in our pocket, his vision completely changed the idea of what a mobile phone is and can do, his vision changed what an animated movie could aspire to be. His vision integrated our world, brought us closer together and allowed us to live with beautiful, functional, inspiring devices in our homes and in our hands. He did so, and our lives continue to get better thanks to Steve Jobs."
Russell Simmons said, "Steve Jobs was a prophet of that uniquely American genius, the Creative Entrepreneur — something no one can copy, no one can outsource, no banker can hire — a visionary who created a movement that changed generations through painstaking tenacity, even after he was fired in 1985 from the company he founded for thinking too far forward. He gambled everything, over and over, on his vision. We owe him not just our respect and our love, but also we need to take away the lesson: never give up, never compromise your dream, never forget how you can change the world in this incredible country. This is what hip-hop has always been about. Never giving up. I can give him no greater a tribute than quoting him to the GlobalGrind generation: "Your time on this earth is limited, don't live someone else's life, live by your vision.