first_imgGeorge Clinton is the godfather of funk. As the evil genius behind the Parliament-Funkadelic musical family, Clinton has been involved with many of the most important funk albums of all time. His impact on the scene and its proliferation into the world of pop music is almost unfathomable. Clinton faded into obscurity for some time but has made a big comeback over the past few years. He reunited P-Funk in 2014 for First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate, a 33-song triple-album that announced Clinton’s grand return. Subsequently, he’s gotten involved with Kendrick Lamar, appearing on the opening track of his landmark 2015 album To Pimp A Butterfly. His involvement in that record led Clinton to Thundercat and Flying Lotus and Brainfeeder record label, and Clinton is now preparing to hit the studio with FlyLo for a future release on the label.With so many exciting moves in his career, Clinton recently sat down with Rolling Stone to discuss a wide variety of topics. Clinton talks about his connection with Thundercat and Flying Lotus, how an older artist can remain relevant in such a fast-moving industry, and his opinions on EDM. Clinton is surprisingly forthcoming, delivering an honest take on his role in the music industry and on the greater changes that the industry has gone through since his prime in the 70s.Read some excerpts from the interview below, and click here to read the full transcriptOn staying viable in the music business after a long career…Basically it’s just getting along with the new ones that come along ready to put your ass out to pasture. Get along with them, and realize that it is their day. I’m blessed to still be here, but it is their day – no matter what you think about what they’re doing. Once you realize that, you realize that what they’re doing is the same as what we were doing when were first started. They’re breaking rules and getting on your nerves cause they’re moving you out. Regardless of how adolescent you think it is – that’s what it’s supposed to be.On his interest in house music…Once you start hearing songs, you know this is somebody else that’s diggin’ on the funk. So I definitely had to listen to a lot of it lately. Styles move too fast to be partial to anything. If it’s funk, that’s enough for me.On his work ethic…I pretty much work all the time. When I ain’t working, I’m figuring something else out, trying to figure out the vibe when I hear a group like Chief Keef. [Sings] “That’s that shit I don’t like.” I knew right away that was the shit I did like! It was the same thing as [Funkadelic’s] “Shit! Goddamn! Get off your ass and jam!”On his dedication to the Parliament-Funkadelic brand…The brand is what’s important to me now. I’m not worried about no charts or how long it’s been out. Our records never go away. Free Your Mind … and Your Ass Will Follow didn’t sell shit when we first put it out. Now, the Chili Peppers swear by that album. That makes a whole ‘nother fan base.Read the full interview here.last_img