George Clinton says ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ elevated hip-hop

George Clinton says 'To Pimp A Butterfly' elevated hip-hop

From record sales, to groundbreaking performances, to overdue Grammy recognition, Kendrick Lamar has seen the multifaceted, critically backed industry success that most artists can only dream of. The legendary George Clinton, who was a key contributor to Kendrick’s To Pimp A Butterfly album, continues to speak very highly of the project.

Clinton told Rolling Stone:

“I met them when I did the record with Kendrick Lamar. He hooked me up with them. They remind me of the 21st-century version of when Bootsy hooked up with Parliament-Funkadelic. They sound like the new version of that whole era. They’ve got the jazz version of that, and they’re playing it themselves. Thundercat is a real great bass player. He reminds me so much of Bootsy when he first came around us.

Seeing what they did with To Pimp a Butterfly, getting away with that jazzy feel – that’s an elevation of hip-hop musically. It gives a brand new life into the music of hip-hop. I felt good working with them, because I’m familiar with that feeling of something that comes along brand new and takes off like that. They gave me a new connection to what we used to call the underground music. In the Sixties, it was rock & roll on the FM stations. Today it’s the YouTube and the Internet where you find music that’s not all over Top 40 but so many people love it. I feel good having made that connection.”

Read the full interview here.

Check out Clinton’s forthcoming tour dates below, via OkayPlayer.

George Clinton Tour Dates:
FRI Dec 30, 2016 @ Salt Lake City, Utah The Depot at Gateway
SAT Dec 31, 2016 @ Las Vegas, Nevada Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
THU Feb 16, 2017 @ Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE!
FRI Feb 17, 2017 @ Morgantown, WV Mainstage Morgantown
SAT Feb 18, 2017 Columbus, OH Express Live!
SUN Feb 19, 2017 @ Chicago, IL Thalia Hall
THU Feb 23, 2017 @ Washington, DC The Howard Theater
FRI Feb 24, 2017 @ Leesburg, VA Tally Ho Theater
SAT Feb 25, 2017 @ Boston, MA House of Blues
TUE Feb 28, 2017 @ New York, NY BB King Blues Club
THU Mar 02, 2017 @ Atlanta, GA The Buckhead Theatre
FRI Mar 03, 2017 @ Orlando, FL House of Blues
SAT Mar 04, 2017 @ Okeechobee, FL Okeechobee Festival