Funkmaster George Clinton said that newer artists like Kendrick Lamar, Cardi B, Jay Z and Flying Lotus inspired him.
The P-Funk Mothership has landed for the first time in nearly 40 years. Dr. Funkenstein himself, George Clinton, along with Parliament members new and old dropped a new album, ‘Medicaid Fraud Dogg,’ this week, available online. The new album has Clinton and crew getting down to songs about getting down, getting high and generally being old as hell.
“I had to get this music out there,” said Clinton during a recent Reddit AMA. “I felt a real creative urgency to give the world this, right now.” Parliament’s last release was ‘Trombipulation’ in 1980. Clinton said that newer artists like Kendrick Lamar, Cardi B, Jay Z and Flying Lotus are putting a wind in his sail.
Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) dropped his immensely successful album ‘Awaken, My Love’ last year and it was covered with Parliament influences. The single ‘Redbone,’ in particular, sounds similar to Parliament-Funkadelic member Bootsy Collins’ 1976 song ‘I’d Rather Be With You,’ an homage that Clinton said in a HipHopDX interview gets his ‘seal of approval.’
The album also marks what will be George Clinton’s final tour. At 77, Clinton has to accept that the funk might prove ruinous. “I thought I had vertigo but it was my body saying, ‘You go. You go sit your ass down,’” Clinton told HipHopDX. “A valve, not in my heart itself, the electrical wires, I had shook them loose. I was funkin’ too hard.” Clinton’s frailer body isn’t bringing him too down though. Hospital care is one of the ongoing themes in ‘Medicaid Fraud Dogg,’ a gag front and center in the video for the first single ‘I’m Gon Make U Sick O’Me.’ Clinton said that Parliament will probably continue to tour without him after 2019.
Some of the medicine in the new Parliament album is self-prescribed, of course. During the AMA, Clinton also mentioned that, like Snoop Dogg, ‘the chronic’ is his drug of choice. One new song on ‘Medicaid Fraud Dogg’ is called ‘69.’ It is exactly four minutes and 20 seconds long.