Bootsy Collins – Tha Funk Capital of the World

As most of the music from Bootsy Collins and Parliament Funkadelic (though he is without them on this album) is over-the-top to say the least then it is not a surprise to see that this is also epic in nature.  Old school funk, hip hop funk, acid funk, the list goes on and on.  The album contains 16 tracks and there seems to have been an attempt made to produce music from almost every era. Collins is the granddaddy of funk and has asked a hip hop/R&B artist from the last several decades to join him.  The present day is represented by Snoop Dogg, the 90s by Ice Cube, the 80s by Chuck D, the 70s by Bobby Womack, and the 60s by Jimi Hendrix (posthumously).  There are also appearances by Faith Daniels, George Clinton, Sheila E, Bela Fleck, and Musiq Soulchild.  It is like Collins and a supergroup.  He even got Samuel L. Jackson to appear on the track “After These Messages” and Reverand Al Sharpton on the James Brown tribute track “JB –Still the Man”.  Never a dull moment here.

It has been 5 years since Bootsy Collins has released a solo album, so he has had plenty of time to hone and rehone it.  While there are some slow tempo tracks, the primary reason for the album is to create music that we can dance to.  Out of the 16 tracks there are probably 14 standout ones, so this is a deep piece of work.

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