On the very first track of Kendrick Lamar’s multiple Grammy Award-winning album ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ you will hear the voice of the grand master of modern funk; the legendary George Clinton. In case you didn’t know him before his contribution on ‘Wesley’s Theory’, this is the man who invented P-Funk; a creative genius who took funk way beyond its previously defined limits. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee actually had a song with Red Hot Chili Peppers on his last solo studio album. Having been on the frontlines of the industry setting trends, you would forgive George if he chose to take a backseat and leave the mantle to the legion of artists he’s inspired. But he’s not quite done yet.
Two years ago Clinton reunited with Funkadelic, the group he founded back in 1968 to record its 16th studio album ‘First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate‘. Last month the funk legend released a remix of one of the songs on that album ‘Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard On You’. For the remake he brought onboard two of the West Coast’s most respected MCs, each representing a different hip hop era. Ice Cube reminds listeners of the golden age of Cali rap, when everyone had to “Bow Down” to the Westside Connection while Kendrick…well there’s no need to talk about his stature in the game today. The song is an easy-riding composition that is best suited for summer parties or late cruises on empty highways. And Kendrick has to trim the fangs off the verse he first spit in ‘Untitled 2’ off his latest album for it to fit into the more laid-back context. Cube similarly tempers his delivery to match the mood.
The visual, a reflection of George Clinton’s musical outlook, is futuristic as hell. There’s a party out in space in a ship that’s steered by Captain Kendrick. Clinton puts his 74 years to one side to become the life of the party.
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