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June 21, 2007 12:03 PM

20 People Who Changed Black Music: Wild Child George Clinton, Funk’s Fearless Godfather

When you hear MC Hammer's "Turn This Mutha Out," Tone Loc's "Funky Cold Medina" or Heavy D's "The Overweight Lover's In The House," you are actually listening to hit tunes that were heavily dependent on samples (from "Give Up The Funk," "Knee Deep," and "Pass The Peas," respectively) of songs of music pioneer George Clinton. And as you go through a litany of hits from the 1980's until today, many dance classics have the unmistakable mark of Clinton to credit for their success, or - at the very least - their listenability. The credit due to Clinton comes from his 50 years as a music innovator who has redefined one of the tenets of soul music: funk.

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