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George Clinton — the leader of Funkadelic, Parliament, the P-Funk All-Stars and countless other associated projects, and the architect of beats that echo throughout hip-hop — has been anything but silent since 1980. But that was the last time he released an album under the Parliament name until this week, when “Medical Fraud Dogg” appeared. In an age-appropriate setting — a hospital — the album’s first single deploys Parliament trademarks: viscous synthesizer lines, cooing female voices, Mr. Clinton’s comic growl and praise for the healing powers of funk. A guest rap by Scarface riffles through the P-Funk catalog, while P-Funk’s Mudbone Cooper croons, “No need to read the label warning.” JON PARELES