What is a booty, and how do you know if you're shaking it? Thank God for George Clinton so that we will always have an answer to that question. ...Absent is a sprawling conglomeration of P-Funk-related tracks, great and small. In all honesty, this album really deserves around 3 stars, but the pieces and parts can be removed and built into a 4-4.5 star funk opus. There is no question that some songs drag down the average a bit.
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.