Through his bands Parliament and Funkadelic, as well as innumerable offshoots and solo projects, George Clinton has created a vision which combines Black Nationalism, psychedelic hedonism, and sci-fi lunacy. “P-Funk”‘s music–blending rubbery bass, trippy synths, and skewed, multilayered vocals–is a model of the anarchic harmony envisioned in songs like “One Nation Under a Groove” (1978).
Clinton’s influence waned after the 1983 solo hit “Atomic Dog,” as James Brown’s more minimal groove dominated hip-hop sampling. But in 1989, the bizarrely attired bandleader was embraced by a new generation of rappers, beginning with De La Soul’s sample of “(Not Just) Knee Deep” in “Me, Myself, and I” (1989). Clinton’s influence became widespread when his grooves provided the backbone of Dr. Dre’s 1992 rap classic, “The Chronic,” and he appeared on the 1994 Lollapalooza tour.
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