Bootsy Collins showcases his studio wizardry and intergalactic database of progressive people on his April 26 release, Tha Funk Capital of the World.
“Funk is our lives,” Bootsy told S2S, “and at some point in life, people encouraged me. On this album, I pay tribute to those who pulled us through.” The Rev. Al Sharpton joins Bootsy in tribute to their mentor James Brown, while Bobby Womack and George Clinton pay homage respectively to Bootsy’s guitarist brother, Phelps “Catfish” Collins and Funkadelic guitarist Gary Shider.
On this project, Bootsy reached out to “cats not necessarily into music, but those who have a voice we can believe in.” Dr. Cornell West drops some higher learning on “Freedumb,” while Tom Joyner joins Musiq and Razzberry Hershey on the song “Yummy, I Got the Munchies.” Bootsy even recorded “After These Messages” with Samuel L. Jackson.
For more on Bootsy’s album, Tha Funk Capital of the World, pick up the April 2011 issue!
Listen to the Bootsy Collins’ classic, “I’d Rather Be With You”, below.
–“Studio” Steve Brown