GEORGE CLINTON

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The mastermind of the Parliament/Funkadelic collective during the 1970s, George Clinton broke up both bands by 1981 and began recording solo albums, occasionally performing live with his former bandmates as the P.Funk All-Stars. Born in Kannapolis, NC, on July 22, 1940, Clinton became interested in doo wop while living in New Jersey during the early '50s. He formed the Parliaments in 1955, based out of a barbershop back room where he straightened hair. The group had a small R&B hit during 1967, but Clinton began to mastermind the Parliaments' activities two years later. Recording both as Parliament and Funkadelic, the group revolutionized R&B during the '70s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from several late-'60s acid heroes: Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone. The Parliament/Funkadelic machine ruled black music during the '70s, capturing over 40 R&B hit singles (including three number ones) and recording three platinum albums.

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George Clinton - Greatest Funkin' HitsGeorge Clinton - Greatest Funkin' Hits
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Capitol 1996
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Computer Games: LimitedComputer Games: Limited
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Universal 2015
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George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic - Live at Montreux 2004George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic - Live at Montreux 2004
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Eagle Rock Ent 2005
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Funk Um Agin...(Live in L.a.)Funk Um Agin...(Live in L.a.)
Funk Works 2001
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GEORGE CLINTON Computer Games album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Computer Games
Funk 1982
GEORGE CLINTON You Shouldn't-nuf Bit Fish album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
You Shouldn't-nuf Bit Fish
Funk 1983
GEORGE CLINTON Some of my Best Jokes are Friends album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Some of my Best Jokes are Friends
Funk 1985
GEORGE CLINTON R&B Skeletons in the Closet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
R&B Skeletons in the Closet
Funk 1986
GEORGE CLINTON The Cinderella Theory album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Cinderella Theory
Funk 1989
GEORGE CLINTON Hey Man... Smell My Finger album cover 3.17 | 3 ratings
Hey Man... Smell My Finger
Funk 1993

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GEORGE CLINTON Live... And Kickin' album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live... And Kickin'
Funk 1997
GEORGE CLINTON 500,000 Kilowatts of P-Funk Power album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
500,000 Kilowatts of P-Funk Power
Funk 2004
GEORGE CLINTON Best of George Clinton Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Best of George Clinton Live
Funk 2005

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GEORGE CLINTON The Best of George Clinton album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of George Clinton
Funk 1986
GEORGE CLINTON A Fifth of Funk  (Clinton Family Series Volume V) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Fifth of Funk (Clinton Family Series Volume V)
Funk 1993
GEORGE CLINTON Sample Some Of Disc - Sample Some Of D.A.T Volume 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sample Some Of Disc - Sample Some Of D.A.T Volume 1
Funk 1993
GEORGE CLINTON Sample Some Of Disc - Sample Some Of D.A.T. Volume 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sample Some Of Disc - Sample Some Of D.A.T. Volume 2
Funk 1993
GEORGE CLINTON Greatest Funkin' Hits album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Greatest Funkin' Hits
Funk 1996
GEORGE CLINTON Greatest Hits album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Greatest Hits
Funk 2000

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GEORGE CLINTON Hey Man... Smell My Finger

Album · 1993 · Funk
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One of George Clinton's most uncharacteristic solo albums, Hey Man Smell My Finger came out in the midst of the widespread embrace and rediscovery of the P-Funk canon by the hip-hop community, particularly through the G-Funk style in gangsta rap which had been embraced by the likes of Dr Dre and Ice Cube - both of whom make guest appearances here, in one of the first recorded fruits of their reconciliation following the breakup of NWA.

Responding to the new audience for his music, George Clinton set about crafting a hip-hop based album which featured extensive rapping, sampling of older P-Funk albums, and electronic beats. This isn't such a departure for Clinton - callbacks to older songs and narration verging on rapping having been features of previous Parliament and Funkadelic albums - but on the whole the experiment only has average results.

It doesn't really make sense to assess it using the criteria I'd usually judge P-Funk albums by, since it isn't really a funk album; as far as G-Funk hip-hop albums go, it's a good effort and certainly no embarrassment, but it isn't stellar either. It lacks the gleeful transgressive edge that the best albums in the G-Funk vein such as Dr. Dre's The Chronic or Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle boast, and the beats Clinton cooks up are nowhere near as catchy as the best rap anthems - or the top-flight P-Funk songs. It's an interesting experiment but Clinton isn't really playing to his strengths here.

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