Friday, May 22, 2015

Bootsy Collins Bridges Old School And New School On “Kool Whip”

P-Funk bass lord Bootsy Collins collaborated with young hip-hop artists Phil Adé and Morris Mingo for this nasty funk track. The song is a delicious mix of old-school funk and new-school hip hop. Mingo holds down the keyboards, while Adé serves up a strong rap. And Bootsy delivers a stupidly funky bass line.
The song also boasts some fantastic string work and a sexy, soulful vocal performance from Candi$weetz. And the tight horns help further raise the groove's funk quotient. The track also has an irresistible bridge. With this powerful groove, Bootsy proved that raw, uncut funk was still very much alive and kicking as we entered into the second decade of the 21st century.

“Kool Whip” was co-written by Bootsy, Adé and Mingo and is a track from the funk legend’s 2011 album Tha Funk Capital of the World. The collection offers a highly listenable smorgasbord of funk, rock, hip hop, soul, jazz and gospel. Back when the album was released, Bootsy said he recorded it to pay  tribute to some of his musical heroes, such as James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis, as well as late P-Funk vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Garry Shider, who died in 2010.

The album also works as sort of a music history lesson for the young folks. And it features a myriad of celebrity guests, including Bobby Womack, Samuel L. Jackson, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Cornel West, Ron Carter, George Duke, Sheila E., Ice Cube, Buckethead, Chuck D, Béla Fleck, Musiq Soulchild, George Clinton and Rev. Al Sharpton. That sounds like one hell of a house party.

Kool Whip at Amazon

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