George Clinton Talks Groupies, Fighting For Masters & Legacy

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They do funk music now. Hip-Hop has got a lot of funk in it, s**t. You find a whole bunch of funk in hip-hop and gospel. A couple of years back, Ice Cube did a record called “Bop Gun.” Kirk Franklin used the same song to sample for his song “Stomp.”

You won a Grammy for that, right?

Kirk Franklin got one and so did Ice Cube.

Do you win a Grammy if they win for Best Song, which is a song writer’s award, being that they sampled something you wrote originally?

No. No. They try to keep us out of it. We would’ve been in too many Grammys. The Grammys started out by giving an award to the sample’s songwriter, but they don’t anymore. If a song wins that has a sample, you have to pay for it, but they’ll send you a gold plaque.

You have to pay for it?! That’s some bull!

Somebody like Ice Cube will hit me up and ask for permission. He and I are pretty close. I’m pretty close with Shock G/Humpty.

Since you’re close with a lot of rappers, could you see yourself ever doing a collaborative album with a rapper like a “Best of Both Worlds’ type thing?

Yeah! I’ve done a lot of records with Snoop. The first song he ever did, I was sampled and I did a record on his last album The Blue Carpet Treatment.

How do feel about kids being introduced to your music through hip-hop and never knowing the original is done by you?

It’s cool. It don’t matter how they get to the dance floor. Just get your ass on the dance floor. Everything will work out. Sample, copy, loop it to stupid. [laughs]

What do you want your legacy to be after you’ve passed on?

Hmmm…..I want to be known as the man who brought it to the attention of America about the copyright issues. That’s what I would like my legacy to be, to have turned people on to the fact they need to fight for the rights to their music. You have to fight a lot of people for your music. You have to fight the copyright company, like BMI. You have to fight these record companies because they really want to take it.

Right now, it’s time people start getting their music back. I’ll say from about 1978 to 2013, the first thirty-five years is when you’re allowed to get your music back. In 2013, this will be the first time they prove it. Next year, a lot of people are going to get their music back. I want to turn people on to the fight for getting your music back because they’re fighting me, trying not to give me my music back.

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