Ice Cube & Kendrick Lamar Keep George Clinton’s Funk Torch LIT (Video)
Even though he is straight out of New Jersey, George Clinton has had a profound impact on West Coast Hip-Hop. The colorful grooves, dynamic showmanship, and heavy bass hits of Parliament, Funkadelic, and Clinton’s solo work deeply influenced the music of Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, and Too Short since the 1980s.
On Funkadelic’s remix version of the single, “Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard On You,” Uncle George gets heavy support from K-Dot and Cube. Each Southern California MC appears in the video that pairs some iconography of the West Coast movement (bouncing Buick Regals) against the symbolic spaceship imagery of Funkadelic. This particular alien abduction is good for the eardrums, as the fraternity is strong between the P-Funk patriarch and two of his star disciples.
The costuming, multiple locations, and club tie-ins of this video are very reminiscent of the early 1990s visuals that Cube (and Kendrick’s mentor Dr. Dre) were making—many of which paid tribute to Uncle George.
Regardless if the Funk is hard on its purveyors, it is forever pleasing to the ears, body, and soul.