In 1968 Bootsy Collins formed The Pacemakers alongside elder brother Phelps “Catfish” Collins; two years later they were hired by James Brown to record some of the “Godfather’s” funkiest tracks. Collins continued perfecting the art of funk with George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic during the ’70s, and has since become one of the most sought after, and definitely the funkiest, bass players around. With a resume that also includes work with Fatboy Slim, bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Talib Kweli, and Buckethead, a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and his own funk university, Collins is uniquely qualified to design Tha Funk Capitol of the World.
Collins first began work on the forthcoming 16-track LP in 2008 during the sessions of a James Brown tribute album. “That [project] really got me thinking about all these great cats who are no longer around and how people are just forgetting about them.” Collins told Billboard.com. “Since I’m still here, I really wanted to connect those dots…so young people can see that what they think is so new isn’t so new.”
Never one to be subtle, Collins has linked together some world class dots. Tha Funk Capitol of the World features Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and Chuck D, on “Hip Hop @ Funk U”, Bobby Womack and “Catfish” Collins on “Don’t Take My Funk”, plus George Clinton, Buckethead, Bela Fleck, and non-musical talents like Samuel L. Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton. And just in case that wasn’t enough, Jimi Hendrix can be heard speaking on “Mirrors Tell Lies”.
Tha Funk Capitol of the World is set for release April 26th via Mascot Records. A tracklist, with featured artists, can be found below. While no live dates have currently been set, all the featured acts are reportedly on board and a future tour is just a matter of scheduling. But with so many huge names, that may take some time.
Tha Funk Capitol of the World Tracklist:
02. Hip Hop @ Funk U (feat. Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, & Chuck D)
03. Mirrors Tell Lies (feat Jimi Hendrix)
04. JB-Still the Man (feat. Rev. Al Sharpton)
05. Freedumb (feat. Dr. Cornel West)
06. After These Messages (feat. Samuel L. Jackson)
07. Kool Whip (feat. Phil Ade & iCandice)
08. The Real Deal (feat. Sheila E. & iCandice)
09. Don’t Take My Funk (feat. Catfish Collins & Bobby Womack)
10. If Looks Could Kill (feat. Bela Fleck, Zionplanet10, & Dennis Chambers)
11. Minds Under Construction (feat. Buckethead & (Z-Class))
12. Siento Bombo (ftfeat Olvido Ruiz & Ouiwey)
13. Garry Shider Tribute (feat. George Clinton & Linda Shider)
14. Stars Have No Names (They Just Shine) (feat. Nick Arnold & Chrissy Dunn)
15. Chocolate Caramel Angel (feat. Faith Daniels, Ronnie Racket, & Casper)
16. Yummy, I Got the Munchies (feat. Musiq Soulchild, Razzberry Hershey & Tom Joyner)