George Clinton Apparently Didn’t Like Kendrick Lamar’s Music Pre-‘To Pimp A Butterfly’
The legendary George Clinton recently did an interview with Pigeons & Planes, which saw him speaking on the forthcoming Parliament album (titled Medicine Broad Dog) and working with Kendrick Lamar on To Pimp A Butterfly. One of the more humorous moments came from when Clinton was asked about K-Dot’s music prior to their collaboration:
I knew “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” and thought it sounded silly as hell when I first heard it. It’s a hit record but you have to wonder, “Why the f*** is it a hit record?
As it would be with Kendrick critics, he eventually came around (obviously):
But you know, after I met him and talked with him I realized it’s just his era of communication, and he had a lot of other stuff to say. He was saying things in brand new metaphors that I knew was going to fuck people up.
The conversations we had reminded me of myself in ’68 and ’69, he had that same kind of enthusiasm about social issues and the world. You know, him being that young and talking like that—it was surprising, he captured my mind right away.
Clinton also compared Kendrick to Sly Stone and — from a character-under-pressure standpoint — Prince. You can read the full feature here.