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George Clinton is the single most influential person in the history of funk, the mastermind of both Parliament & Funkadelic with 8 platinum records and six #1 hits. George Clinton celebrates his 50th anniversary with his new album How Late Do You Have 2BB4UR Absent? C Kunspyruhzy. 2005
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But there are still plenty of slammin' tracks in this release, stemming from George's immortal quest for new sounds. Ever since the late 70's, P.Funk tracks have generally sounded cluttered and busy as George tried to cram as many Funkateers into the studio as space or technology would allow. But here, many of the songs are refreshingly sparse and groove-oriented, good examples being "Su Su Su" and the delightfully nasty "Something Stank." There is also a great amount of genre experimentation here, at a level not heard since the early Funkadelic discs. This includes the smooth reggae of "Inhale Slow," rollicking jazz/blues in an expansive cover of "Whole Lotta Shakin'," and weird techno doo-wop in a cover of "Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight" which reunites four of the five original Parliaments. And the Mob shows it can still rock out with metallic precision in the guitarful "Viagra." In a great variety of ways, this release shows that George and the P.Funk All-Stars are getting old, but they'll continue to be the funkiest fogies you ever did see. [~doomsdayer520~]
It's been possible for a few years to get tracks by some of the artists on here (if you dig around hard enough) e.g. Kendra Foster, Sativa and Trey Lewd have all had solo projects out (including some of the songs on here) but the tracks produced for this album are all much stronger.
George has also changed his own approach a bit here, not draughting in loads of rap/R&B stars and mostly relying on the current members of the touring Funk Mob. He hasn't overproduced this album and this leads to simpler and better tracks.
My personal favourite is 'Sexy Side of You'. Really catchy, can't get the chorus out of my head, it's a slice of old school PFunk. But there's plenty for everyone here, no matter what your preferred pfunk style is. It's also more accessible to all than some recent albums and if you've not bought a pfunk album before then this could be a decent starting point. (But if this is your starting point, go straight back out there and buy Parliament's 'Chocolate City' and Funkadelic's 'Let's Take it to the Stage' afterwards.)
One thing that concerned me before I bought this album was the wide variety of artists credited to different songs. Kendra who? Sativa? Don't worry. GC is all over this thing, and when you listen to it you won't be able to tell the difference. There are a variety of flavors here, just take your pick. "Watchamacallit" sounds like a TAPOAFOM-era jam. "Because/Last Time Zone" is a trippy, Funkadelic-style piece that borrows from the Beatles. "Sexy Side of You" is the perfect semi-sleazy slice of funk/pop that you didn't even know you've been waiting for. Its arguably the best thing Clinton has done in a decade.
One aspect that I really liked about this album was the integration of hip-hop, throughout. P-Funk and Hip-Hop have been intertwined since DJs began sampling Parliament in the early 80s (or late 70s, maybe) but never has it been married together as convincingly as "Trust in Yourself", for example. Another selling point are the guest spots, with two in particular standing out. While the Prince collabo, "Paradigm", doesn't exactly live up to the billing of the two greatest funkateers this side of Sly Stone, it is a can't-miss moment nonetheless. Del the Funkee Homosapien's freestyle over Funkadelics sludgy metal is the reason I picked this up in the first place. Ultimately, if you love the funk, you can do worse than this release.
Here is my ultra-sleek streamlined version:
1. Bounce 2 This
4. Gypsy Woman
5. Inhale Slow
7. Because/Last Time Zone
8. Su, Su, Su
9. Sexy Side of You
11. Trust in Yourself
12. I'll Be Sittin' Here
Of course, you'll want to cater yours to your specific tastes.
Something "stank" and I want some!