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Thread started 04/29/19 12:51pm

mikemike13

Funkadelic Album Artist Pedro Bell

In 2016 when Childish Gambino released the brilliantly derivative Awaken, My Love, it was obvious that he’d been tripping the blacklight fantastic, and getting zooted to the angel-blunted music of Funkadelic. Borrowing and sampling from their extensive catalogue, Gambino introduced millennials to old school music that still sounds alternative decades after the original tracks were released. Still, as I laid in my darkened room listening to Gambino’s moody grooves and freaky funk, in my mind’s red eye I could see the auteur himself, wearing vintage Panasonic headphones and studying the glorious album covers of visual genius Pedro Bell, the Chicago-based artist whose paintings and drawings became a vital part of Funkadelic’s “Black acid dreamscapes and aural assault” experience. For those who may not know, Funkadelic was a 1970s group led by conceptualist/ producer George Clinton that led the way in terms of musical, style and graphic innovation.
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Reply #1 posted 04/29/19 5:55pm

mrwiggles

Nice piece. Between what he was doing and Overton with Parliament added everything to the P-Funk underground aesthetic. As far as the concepts the group explored, according to Sir Lleb, he basically came up with "99% of the bullshit".

Damn shame he fell on hard times.

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