George Clinton: “Kendrick [Lamar] told me respect was going to be paid to the funk”

George Clinton

Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary since Kendrick Lamar released his critically acclaimed LP, To Pimp a Butterfly. Since its debut, he’s been praised for his honest and vivid storytelling as well as his ability to seamlessly incorporate the influence of others genres into his sound. Pigeons and Planes tapped legendary funk artist George Clinton (Parliament and Funkadelic) for his thoughts on Kendrick Lamar’s tunes.

Before speaking on the newer songs, Clinton reflected on one of the Compton artist’s older songs. “I knew ‘B*tch Don’t Kill My Vibe’ and thought it sounded silly as hell when I first heard it,” he told the site. “It’s a hit record but you have to wonder, ‘Why the f*ck is it a hit record?’ But you know, after I met him and talked with him I realized it’s just his era of communication, and he had a lot of other stuff to say. He was saying things in brand new metaphors that I knew was going to f*ck people up.”

That’s been a lot of listeners’ reaction to Kendrick Lamar’s latest music. TPAB and Untitled Unmastered. captured a different side to the TDE artist who delivered Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City back in 2012. As of late, he’s been expanding on his list of collaborators, and actually worked with Clinton on “untitled 08 | 09.06.2014.” “I could tell from the song I did with him, the way he was talking and his interpretation of funk, that it was going to be something new. Kendrick told me respect was going to be paid to the funk,” he said. And that’s what’s been happening with K.Dot’s newest work.

Head over to Pigeons and Planes for more on George Clinton’s thoughts about Prince, today’s music, and more.

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Danitha Jones

Danitha Jones is a former online editor at The Source. Over the years, she's penned stories covering everything from news and music to lifestyle and beauty. You’re likely to spot this Brooklyn native enjoying one of her favorite things—a good book, ratchet music, Netflix—or clapping for the latest tastemakers who are taking the industry by storm.