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These days, it seems like every DJ who’s been around for more than a decade is rewarded with the title of “legend.” Few can really stand up to that label. But Frankie Knuckles—the 59-year-old undisputed inventor of house music, who died last night following complications related to type 2 diabetes—owned it.

After the jump: an appreciation, along with three key videos that showcase his groundbreaking work…»
 

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