Parliament Funkadelic: Get to Know the Funkiest Extraterrestrial Brothers

Parliament Funkadelic

The Parliament Funkadelic is one of the most influential funk bands of all time. This band merged the vibrations sound of George Clinton with the doo-wop style of the Parliaments that gave us countless hits and impacted the future of music.Their sound was inspired by the works of Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone. They curated a sound that took soul music and fused it with to create an authentic R&B style

This funkadelic story began in 1956, in a small-town of New Jersey called  Plainfeild. George Clinton was only 15 at the time he formed a doo-wop group that would be named the Parliaments. This name was inspired by a pack of cigarettes. The group of 5 rehearsed in a barbershop to local customers until they got their first big break with their single, “(I Wanna) Testify.

After the success of their first single, Clinton began touring with the Parliaments. He later ended up changing the name due to losing rights and went by the Funkadelics, until he combined the Parliament-Funkadelics. He was constantly seeking that raw funk sound which is what ultimately grew his band to 50 members at one point. This group saw immense amount success making hit after hit. Songs like  The Breakdown,Flash Light, and Aqua Boogie are just to name a few.

The dynamic group split in the ’80s do to legal difficulties but many of the members were able to see solo success. George Clinton and Bootsy Collins had the biggest post band careers curating hits like “Atomic Dogg” and “I’d Rather Be With You”. 

The Parliament-Funkadelics influence on music revolutionized R&B in the 70s. Over the course of their 20-year stint they produced 40 R&B hit singles, 3 of which were number 1, and had 3 platinum albums. Their artistry inspired the era of g-funk which influenced artist like Snoop Dog and MC Hammer. 

 

Sources

https://georgeclinton.com/bio/ 

The 2010s: The Awakening Of Trap R&B

By Jaden Jackson

The shift from serenading love ballads to the combo mix of raps and autotuned love songs.

The entry into the 2010’s saw a major shift in urban music. Hip hop and R&B were two genres that were once distant cousins that transitioned to being fraternal twins through the progression of the 2010s. The styles of music emerged in a way that even music catergories began grouping them together. That is not to say that prior to the 2010’s era R&B and rap collab’s were obsolete, because taking a look back at the billboard charts that couldn’t be farthest from the truth. In the 90’s hits like No Diggity by Black Street ft. Dr. Dre or 112’s Only You(remix) with Biggie and Mase are a few songs that show the mix of rap and love songs. The 2000s mixing of the two genres gave us hits like So Into You with Tamia and Fabulous, Beyonce’s Baby Boy with Sean Paul, and Like You with Bow Wow and Ciara. However, one noticeable difference between these time periods and the 2010’s is that it was clear which artist rapped and which one sang. The 2010’s began blurring the lines of what R&B music was and redefined it in a way that has continued to prevail even in today’s top music hits.

Music in the 2010s shifted from having singers and rappers collab to artists doing a mixture of it themselves by sing-song rapping. This can be most notably accredited to Drake. He was one of the main artist to introduce this style to mainstream music and it took off. Artists like Beyonce, Kanye West, and Travis Scott can be seen utilizing this style of music. The mechanics in music, like autotune, gave a way to distort your voice and have non-vocalists contrive a more melodic tune without having to seek an actual singer and still be palatable. In the video shown above you can see a clear transition in the way it went from a few artists utilizing this style to it being almost all of the top artists. Newer artist Bryson Tiller, coined the term and called it Trap Soul. Trap Soul sounds notably different from past R&B but it encompasses the same underlying tones and meanings. It was an innovative way to immerse the the rawness of rap and the emotive lyrics of R&B.

Even with the popularity of Trap Soul, some traditional R&B artists have been very vocal about their distaste in this new style. In 2018, Jacques elicited a debate and criticism of the genre after posting on his social media, “He is the new King of R&B”. Many older R&B artists like Tyrese, Usher, and Tank then posted their very differing opinion. Though many artists reacted, Tyrese had a more dissmissive response. He posted a video on his Instagram where he says, “Ima keep it stack with you,” the Transformers star posted. “The young kings of this generation that’s been running sh*t since day one are Chris Brown and Trey Songz. You got this out of the Tekashi 6ix9ine playbook. Stop trolling, my ni**a. Get back in the booth.” These comments ultimately sparked a debate between the old and young on the direction of music as a whole and what encompasses good R&B music. It should be noted that Chris Brown and Trey Songz had a more traditional style of R&B, not in the way a Tyrese or Tank would do it, but still more traditional than a Jacques. This is an artist who is famed by his Quemixes where he redoes many classic R&B songs in the more marketable “trap soul” way.

Regardless of the critics, it can be argued that trap soul has become the more marketable R&B sound. Many artists who still sing the more traditional R&B have not seen the same music success as they would have a decade ago. Trap Soul has only gotten more popularized and is causing many artists to revamp their styles. There is no denying this new immersion of Hip Hop and R&B is here to stay.

The 2010s: The Awakening Of Trap R&B

By Jaden Jackson

The shift from serenading love ballads to the combo mix of raps and autotuned love songs.

The entry into the 2010’s saw a major shift in urban music. Hip hop and R&B were two genres that were once distant cousins that transitioned to being fraternal twins through the progression of the 2010s. The styles of music emerged in a way that even music catergories began grouping them together. That is not to say that prior to the 2010’s era R&B and rap collab’s were obsolete, because taking a look back at the billboard charts that couldn’t be farthest from the truth. In the 90’s hits like No Diggity by Black Street ft. Dr. Dre or 112’s Only You(remix) with Biggie and Mase are a few songs that show the mix of rap and love songs. The 2000s mixing of the two genres gave us hits like So Into You with Tamia and Fabulous, Beyonce’s Baby Boy with Sean Paul, and Like You with Bow Wow and Ciara. However, one noticeable difference between these time periods and the 2010’s is that it was clear which artist rapped and which one sang. The 2010’s began blurring the lines of what R&B music was and redefined it in a way that has continued to prevail even in today’s top music hits.

Music in the 2010s shifted from having singers and rappers collab to artists doing a mixture of it themselves by sing-song rapping. This can be most notably accredited to Drake. He was one of the main artist to introduce this style to mainstream music and it took off. Artists like Beyonce, Kanye West, and Travis Scott can be seen utilizing this style of music. The mechanics in music, like autotune, gave a way to distort your voice and have non-vocalists contrive a more melodic tune without having to seek an actual singer and still be palatable. In the video shown above you can see a clear transition in the way it went from a few artists utilizing this style to it being almost all of the top artists. Newer artist Bryson Tiller, coined the term and called it Trap Soul. Trap Soul sounds notably different from past R&B but it encompasses the same underlying tones and meanings. It was an innovative way to immerse the the rawness of rap and the emotive lyrics of R&B.

Even with the popularity of Trap Soul, some traditional R&B artists have been very vocal about their distaste in this new style. In 2018, Jacques elicited a debate and criticism of the genre after posting on his social media, “He is the new King of R&B”. Many older R&B artists like Tyrese, Usher, and Tank then posted their very differing opinion. Though many artists reacted, Tyrese had a more dissmissive response. He posted a video on his Instagram where he says, “Ima keep it stack with you,” the Transformers star posted. “The young kings of this generation that’s been running sh*t since day one are Chris Brown and Trey Songz. You got this out of the Tekashi 6ix9ine playbook. Stop trolling, my ni**a. Get back in the booth.” These comments ultimately sparked a debate between the old and young on the direction of music as a whole and what encompasses good R&B music. It should be noted that Chris Brown and Trey Songz had a more traditional style of R&B, not in the way a Tyrese or Tank would do it, but still more traditional than a Jacques. This is an artist who is famed by his Quemixes where he redoes many classic R&B songs in the more marketable “trap soul” way.

Regardless of the critics, it can be argued that trap soul has become the more marketable R&B sound. Many artists who still sing the more traditional R&B have not seen the same music success as they would have a decade ago. Trap Soul has only gotten more popularized and is causing many artists to revamp their styles. There is no denying this new immersion of Hip Hop and R&B is here to stay.

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