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Straight Out The Sly Stone

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Today is Sly Stone's birthday!  So what better way to celebrate the legendary funk pioneer's music than with an exploration of those who have sampled him.

Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart was born in Texas in 1943.  He was raised in the bay area of California and had a knack for music at a very young age.  He got the knick name Sly Stone when he was in a group called The Stoners.  That band eventually became the Family Stone and they released their debut album in 1967.

In 1969, the album STAND! was released on Epic records.  The album featured classic cuts like "Everyday People", "Sing a Simple Song" and "I Wanna Take You Higher".

The last track on the LP was "You Can Make It If You Try"...

 

 

This track has been sampled by many artists. Ice Cube, Stetsasonic, Mobb Deep and The Jungle Brothers grabbed up this track on their 1988 debut STRAIGHT OUT THE JUNGLE.