Here’s some really interesting footage I came across thanks to FunkyKev1 who has a cool channel on Youtube. It’s a BET talk show interview with George Clinton, Bootsy Collins and Bernie Worrell. These three musical giants were some of the central architects of funk music in the 1970´s with the groups Parliament and Funkadelic. Here they discuss some interesting subjects including the meaning of the term “funk”, making music with a message and how they feel about being sampled by contemporary hip hop artists.
The interview is from 1991 which was a time when the trend of sampling their particular brand of funk, P-Funk, had been going on for a few years by hip hop groups like EPMD and Digital Underground. However, it was really about to take off in the next few years with artists like Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg riding the P-Funk sound to the top of the charts and taking it deep into the mainstream.
It’s a really cool interview that sheds some light on some of the problematic aspects of sampling with record companies often refusing to compensate the artists who have been sampled. But there’s also interesting stuff about Parliament’s roots in doo- wop and their thoughts on black rock. History-minded funkateers shouldn’t miss this one.