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A couple of years ago, one of us (Mr. Kamp) had the opportunity to ask Freddie Stewart, guitarist-vocalist of Sly and the Family Stone, how his brother, Sly (a.k.a. Sylvester Stewart), came up with the “Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego” chant for the song “Loose Booty”–a chant that was later repurposed as the backbone of the Beastie Boys’ song “Shadrach.” Here’s what Freddie said:

“Number one, our whole lives were centered around the church when we were kids. And number two, Sylvester wanted to say something rhythmic. If you listen, the song’s got that natural rhythm–‘Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego!’ Sylvester just went to a phrase from scripture. And then, to put it in a song called ‘Loose Booty,’ well, that’s north and south, two extremes. Also, when we recorded it, that was a nutty time.”

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