With the aid of a cadre of musicians that constitutes a who's-who of funk, including keyboardist Bernie Worrell, bassist Bootsy Collins, guitarist Eddie Hazel and horn men Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley, among many others, Clinton gave us some of the most potent funk records of the '70s: Funkadelic's "Free Your Mind ... and Your Ass Will Follow," "Maggot Brain," and "One Nation Under a Groove" and Parliament's "Up for the Down Stroke" "Mothership Connection," "The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein" and "Funkytelechy vs. the Placebo Syndrome."
These days, Clinton records sporadically and tours with several of his former mates, now known as the P-Funk All Stars, and his shows are still long, sweaty sessions of uncut funk. And, happily, he's finally getting the acclaim he deserves. A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame since 1997, he was most recently honored with a Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Award. At the ceremony last month, Clinton modestly stated that his music is "the DNA for hip-hop, for alternative, for techno and everything else." Yeah, it's quite a claim, but does anyone really wanna dispute it?