I remember meeting George Clinton at his hotel room when we spoke for this interview. It was 1998, awhile after he had dropped his albums “Dope Dogs” and “T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M. (The Awesome Power of a Fully Operational Mothership),” which were released in 1995 and 1996, respectively. He spoke about some of his favorite projects that he released over the years, as well as the success of his visual art.
Aboard the Mothership with George Clinton
“Don’t learn no better man,” George says fellow funk-a-teer Sly Stone once told him, “If you knew better you wouldn’t do that, don’t learn no better,” referring to Clinton’s work. He spoke about how the two of them had worked together and how he looked forward to him eventually returning to the stage.
He also spoke about his collaboration with Prince when they worked on his CD “The Cinderella Theory,” and how he enjoyed his work with Chaka Khan. He went on to discuss how he envisioned aspects of racism decreasing, as well as expressed his views on school teachers are mistreated. Clinton laughs about the innovative move made by Jay-Z when he used the show tune “It’s a Hard Knock Life,” and shared his thoughts on Johnny Cash and Bill Clinton. During the interview, there’s even a moment when you’ll hear sirens bleed through the walls from the streets of New York. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed doing it.