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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9 comments
oliviaung
oliviaung moderator

The winner has been notified. Check your email!

JOEM
JOEM

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

BradGentner
BradGentner

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

benfortney
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)

David from DC
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.

Candace
Candace

"Can't C Me" w/ Tupac

tam
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!

dabeatkeeper
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!

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