George Clinton has revived his long-dormant funk outfit Parliament for the group’s first album in nearly four decades. Dubbed Medicaid Fraud Dog, the forthcoming record is a long-awaited follow up to the band’s 1980 LP, Trombipulation.
The first taste of Medicaid Fraud Dog came today with the release of the album’s debut single, “I’m Gon Make U Sick O’Me”. With its slow-burning funk groove, female background singers, hand-clapping beat and a guest appearance by Geto Boys rapper Scarface, the song is a hodgepodge of sounds that harkens back to Parliament’s heyday while also embracing more modern musical styles.
In a recent Reddit AMA, Clinton noted that the new album features the P-Funk horns: Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Greg Thomas, and Benny Cowan. He also explained that his influences for the record include, “Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar, Tra’Zae, and all that shit coming out of Atlanta.”
Medicaid Fraud Dog is expected to drop some time in 2018, but the album does not yet have an official release date. As previously reported, George Clinton and P-Funk still tour regularly and are scheduled to perform at this year’s Major Rager in Augusta, GA.
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