If youāre in the frame of mind that funk has been asleep for approximately the last 38 years, youāll be pleased to know itās awake now: George Clinton and Parliament just dropped their first new album since 1980, a surprise, digital-only recording called Medicaid Fraud Dogg, streaming now. Clinton, the deeply influential forefather of funk (and all its winding genre successors), formed Parliament in the early ā70s as part of his famed Parliament-Funkadelic collective. The group teased this release earlier in the year with a single called āIām Gon Make U Sick OāMe,ā but their most recent LP was 1980ās Trombipulation. Medicaid Fraud Dogg, as the title might suggest, examines the shortcomings of Americaās modern medical institutionsāin the most funky way possible.
In April, the groovy maestro also announced heāll be retiring from touring. But donāt worry, Clinton is still currently on the road as part of the international Parliament-Funkadelic 2018 tour, the dates for which you can find on the Parliament website. This weekendās May 26 show at the famous Greek Theatre in L.A. will kick off the final leg of Clintonās touring excursions, wrapping up a year from now in May 2019, according to a press release.
Much of todayās hip-hop, rap R&B and trap music can be traced back to sounds defined by the legendary Clinton and his groovy cooperatives. As he recently pointed out in an āAsk Me Anythingā Reddit thread, heās following that funk lineage, listening to āFlying Lotus, Cardi B, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Zās new album, TraāZae, and all that shit coming out of Atlanta. All that trap shit. Iām trapped in it.ā Fragments of hip-hop and rap can certainly be heard on Medicaid Fraud Dogg, such as the Scarface-featuring āIām Gon Make U Sick OāMe,ā though Clinton also retains his distinctly funky warp, recognizable in his music as early as Parliamentās 1974 record Up For The Down Stroke.
Elsewhere in the entertainment sphere, Clinton is signed on to produce the second season of Cinemax series Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus, which will explore, in its same animated style, the touring antics of legendary funk performers.
You can stream Parliamentās latest on Spotify or Apple Music, and preview the LP with āIām Gon Make U Sick Oā Meā below.