P-Funk and G-Funk – what are they, and why are their fathers so important?
History begins with the former, P-Funk. The genre bows down to George Clinton, the eccentric and exalted American bandleader whose captainship of Parliament-Funkadelic – a rotating collective of musicians which rose to juggernaut prominence during the ’70s – puts him alongside James Brown in the sphere of funk royalty.
Two decades later, along came G-Funk: the US West Coast’s sub-genre of gangsta rap. It utilised hypnotic bass, deep synths, and adoring homage to P-Funk tracks to create a new species of hip-hop. The Father of this freshly funkified ’90s sound was producer Dr. Dre, who in fact rarely used direct samples of P-Funk songs, instead having live musicians recreate P-Funk licks and beats.