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George Clinton's bottomless well of funk

George Clinton's bottomless well of funk

Over 10 minutes, Funkadelic's "Baby Like Fonkin' It Up" throws in about 17 different types of melody — horns play jazz, singers trill familiar-sounding "da da das," a rapper demands to "promise you'll keep the funk" and George Clinton's unmistakably hoarse baritone cackles and spews out a nonsensical rhyme ending in "till you hiccup." These melodic chants and choruses have been key to Clinton's bandleading empire, which includes Parliament, Funkadelic and an amalgamation of the two known as P-Funk, since he began reinventing funk music in his own cartoonish image in the late '60s. "I said, 'The only thing...

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