George Clinton, the legendary singer and mastermind of the Parliament-Funkadelic collective, honored his biggest fan, Joe Clair, with an interview Thursday.
The Funk music innovator and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is now 75 years old and “just gettin’ started,” he says.
Clinton even has a new track out called “Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard on You?” with Kendrick Lamar and Ice Cube.
In 1976, the bandleader introduced the “P-Funk Mothership” to the stage for the collective’s Earth Tour. The alien spacecraft stage prop now resides in the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Watch a video of Smithsonian staff reassembling the Mothership for the museum’s display below.
So how does it feel to see the artifact on display in the Smithsonian?
“That feels so good I need a condom,” Clinton laughed.
“We played Washington so much,” he continued, “for it to be in the Smithsonian, here in D.C., the Chocolate City…”
During the show, Clinton talked about meeting Chuck Brown, performing in the ’70s and ’80s, and the legal troubles affecting the release of his tell-all book: “Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard On You?”
Another guest dropped by during the interview. One of the hip-hop industry’s most influential producers, J Dilla, passed away 10 years ago. Now, Dilla’s MPC 3000 drum machine also has a home in the Musical Crossroads section of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
J Dilla’s mother Maureen Yancey, known as “Ma Dukes,” talked about the Smithsonian’s display of her son’s most important industry and his musical legacy, calling Dilla “a spirit of music, light and love.”
Watch the full interview here.
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