Back at again with some more pick ups from the past week. Now this is a Funkadelic record I’ve been keeping my eye out for and I’m surprised I found it for such a cheap price. Second, is a 1976 Roy Ayers album that’s been sampled by the hip hop community for a number of years. And lastly is an 80′s record from the Debarge family that inspired Warren Griffin to want it all. Step inside to see what in the world I’m talking about.
Funkadelic – Uncle Jam Wants You
First of all, I think I have an obsession for trying to collect all of the Parliament Funkadelic records. It’s like I fiend for this shit all week and I need a new batch of the funk by the weekend or I get withdrawals. Maybe it’s because of all the West Coast gangster rap I heard as a kid and subliminally hearing all those samples they used from George Clinton & the Funk Mob. Anyways, out of all the Parliament Funkadelic records throughout the 70′s and 80′s, I think this is the single greatest cover they produced. You had George Clinton sitting in the Black Panther, Huey P. Newton pose, in front of the Funkadelic American flag, throwing up the ‘One’, for One Nation Under A Groove, with the ‘Bop Gun’ on his left side, the ‘Flash Light’ on the right & a little spliff hanging out the corner of his mouth. Can you get anymore gangster than that?! And this is from 1979! Classic, classic stuff right here.
This album contains one of Funkadelic’s greatest songs, if not their most commercially viable hit, in (Not Just) Knee Deep. A 15 minute epic funk exhibition. A journey through various sounds tightly thrown together and brought back on the one. De La Soul knows what I’m talking about.
Roy Ayers – Everybody Loves The Sunshine
Roy Ayers, I don’t really know how to classify his type of music because it sounds more complex then just one genre. You can hear Jazz, Funk, Disco, and Soul in all of his tunes. And I can clearly see how his music influenced the genre of rap. His grooves alone had something more about them. A certain sound, only Roy possessed. “Everybody Loves The Sunshine” came out in 1976 and contained the game changing single with the same name. I can only imagine what it was like when this track came out because it sounds like something out of the future. Something at least 15 years ahead of its time. Not to mention that it’s been sampled by everybody and their mama, including the good doc himself, Dr. Dre.
Debarge – All This Love
Some said they were a knock off of the Jackson 5, but to me, Debarge had some straight classics and held their own. This album right here had some straight up relationship type banger tracks. I think all of the emotions of a relationship are covered on this album. From the good to the bad. There’s some beautiful love ballads like “All This Love” you can play for your girl all day. Just leave that track on repeat and you good. I think the most famous track and most of you should already know this is “I Like It” with El Debarge. And honestly, both you and I know, El Debarge has the voice of an angel. Like there is an angel inside of him singing out of his mouth. Remember that Harlem World joint? “I like it, I like it, I really really like it…” ahhh those were the days.
Tune in next week as I delve into some more rap singles, early Bootsy Collin’s work, and some stoner comedy from a 1970′s Cheech & Chong record my aunt gave me. Does that mean my aunt was a stoner though?! Find out next week. Peace, Love & Soooouuuul.