He's One Of The Most Sampled Music Artists Of All Time

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Adé Hennis
March 8, 2024

George Clinton’s mother told him to follow his dreams but to put in the work. Decades later, Clinton’s hard work and applying his mother’s advice paid off as he inspired millions of people to be unique.

Called “the DNA of hip-hop,” Clinton is the second most sampled artist of all time. Musicians and bands of all genres have sampled his funkadelic style. But Clinton’s style wasn’t always appreciated.

From a spacesuit to wizard robes, Clinton abandoned Motown standards of music and culture in the 1970s and introduced his own style:  P-Funk. It was a bold move, but Clinton leaned into his creativity.

"Funk is anything it needs to be to save your life — It can morph into everything.” Clinton knew that funk was more than just music; it was transformative, and he morphed into a one-of-a-kind musician.

George Clinton's creativity and his courage to live it inspired generations. Imagine what we can create together when we lean into our imaginations and work toward the liberated future we want to see.

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