TVD Ticket Giveaway: George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic at the 9:30 Club, 2/7

George Clinton is the alpha and omega of funk music. From New Jersey by way of North Carolina, Clinton began his music career in the 1950s, while working at a barbershop in Newark, New Jersey.

In his career, he cultivated two sounds (doo-wop and funk), then married them into its own subgenre. Originally with the Parliaments, Clinton dropped the “s” and conceived a rock group called Funkadelic.

In the 1970s, Funkadelic’s music was the sign of the times, a blend of bluesy-rock motifs with psychedelic effects.

Once a staff songwriter for Motown, Clinton lead Parliament Funkadelic and re-branded the music scene in the 1970s. His music was otherworldly. Yet Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic captured forty R&B hit singles and achieved four #1 hits: “Flashlight,” “One Nation Under a Groove,” “Aqua Boogie” and “(Not Just) Knee Deep.” Frequent collaborators included Bernie Worrel, Bootsy Collins, Maceo Parker, and Fred Wesley. On stage, Parliament Funkadelic’s sets could have inspired Burning Man-style art-cars, with an enormous mothership, outrageous costumes, and hours-long performances.

As a solo artist, Clinton released Computer Games with the number one hit single “Atomic Dog.” He produced The Red Hot Chili Peppers game-changing album Freaky Styley. In the ’90s, Clinton experienced a revival with the hip-hop music scene, as a generation of rappers bred off Funkadelic began to give him props.

We’re giving away a pair of tickets for George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic at 9:30 Club next Tuesday. All you have to do is tell us your favorite Clinton-hip-hop collabo.

My favorite is “Paint the White House Black” with Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, MC Breed, etc.

The winner will be chosen Monday (2/6) at noon.

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  • dabeatkeeper

    By far, I’m going to have to go with “Bop Gun”, Ice Cube and the one and only George Clinton. Please tell me I won!

  • ArtWaldronIII

    ice cube on bop gun

  • tam

    George Clinton & Coolio- “Atomic Dog”. My birthday is on the day of the show- couldn’t think of a better way to spend it than with the Godfather of Funk!

  • tam

    George Clinton & Coolio- “Atomic Dog”. My birthday is on the day of the show- couldn’t think of a better way to spend it than with the Godfather of Funk!

  • Candace

    “Can’t C Me” w/ Tupac

  • David from DC

    My favorite Clinton-hip-hop collaboration is “Synthesizer” with Outkast from their album ‘Aquemini.’ The song is an eclectic stand-out on an epic and extremely diverse album. Clinton’s verse–sandwiched by verses by Big Boi and Andre 3000–and his vamp at the end of the song are priceless.

  • benfortney

    I was originally going to say something off of Redman’s 1st album (Erik Sermon lives off of Clinton bass riffs), but honestly, is there a better sample than “Uh, do me baby” from Digital Underground’s “Humpty Dance”?(short answer: no, there is not)

  • BradGentner

    Bernie

  • BradGentner

    Since Bernie Worrell wrote just about every baseline in West Coast hip-hop, can I say all of them?

  • BradGentner

    Since Bernie Worrell wrote just about every bass line in West Coast hip-hop, can I say all of them?

  • JOEM

    It’s gotta be FO YO SORROWS with Big Boi (and Too Short!). Clinton’s mesmerizing in the track…

  • http://thevinyldistrict.com oliviaung

    The winner has been notified. Check your email!

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