Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and legendary bassist Bootsy Collins, known worldwide for pioneering funk music with James Brown and Parliament Funkadelic, will release his first new album in five years, Tha Funk Capitol of the World, April 26.
The album’s 16 tracks find Collins collaborating with fellow P-Funkers George Clinton and Bernie Worrell, along with an all-star lineup of musicians and cultural luminaries including rappers Snoop Dogg, Chuck D, Ice Cube, actor Samuel L. Jackson, banjo phenom Bela Fleck, the Rev. Al Sharpton, scholar Dr. Cornel West, and guitarists Buckethead and Catfish Collins – Bootsy’s late brother.
Engineered in part by Dan Monti (Guns N’ Roses, Metallica), the album also features a tribute to Garry Shider, the late guitarist and musical director of the P-Funk All-Stars.
“There are real messages on this album that I wanted to share,” Collins said, whose soul-deep rhythms and layered melodies are punctuated by lyrics that range from meditations on the nature of truth and spiritual transcendence, to blissed-out joy.
Collins is a singularly influential bassist inspiring everyone from The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Primus to NWA and OutKast. Aside from his seminal work with James Brown and George Clinton, Collins achieved considerable success as a frontman for several groups, including Bootsy’s Rubber Band, which recorded the #1 hit single Bootzilla and I’d Rather Be With You. More recently, Collins collaborated with Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek for 2009’s Internet Connection.
‘Tha Funk Capitol Of The World‘ tracklist:
2. Hip Hop @ Funk U (ft. Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, & Chuck D)
3. Mirrors Tell Lies (ft. Jimi Hendrix)
4. JB-Still The Man (ft. Rev. Al Sharpton)
5. Freedumb (ft. Dr. Cornel West)
6. After These Messages (ft. Samuel L. Jackson)
7. Kool Whip (ft. Phil Ade & iCandice)
8. The Real Deal (ft. Sheila E. & iCandice)
9. Don’t Take My Funk (ft. Catfish Collins & Bobby Womack)
10. If Looks Could Kill (ft. Bela Fleck, Zionplanet-10, & Dennis Chambers)
11. Minds Under Construction (ft. Buckethead & (Z-Class))
12. Siento Bombo (ft. Olvido Ruiz & Ouiwey)
13. Garry Shider Tribute (ft. George Clinton & Linda Shider)
14. Stars Have No Names (They Just Shine) (ft. Nick Arnold & Chrissy Dunn)
15. Chocolate Caramel Angel (ft. Faith Daniels, Ronni Racket, & Casper)
16. Yummy, I Got The Munchies (ft. Musiq Soulchild, Razzberry Hershey & Tom Joyner)