I don't trip much about a new Jay Electronica album, however if he would publish a list of the speeches and films he uses in his music, I'd be eternally grateful. Really, I already am, but you feel me.
Question: When you were playing with P-Funk, who were you looking backwards at?
Bootsy Collins: Well, we weren’t actually looking backwards. It was more like we were looking forward to going back. We were a part of that whole groovement. We were comin’ up out of the hippie, the acid, the whole LSD thing, and we thought, how do we make this whole thing cool for a brother? Because back in the day, the word “funk” wasn’t even cool. Being black wasn’t cool. We had to evolve into these things. It wasn’t lookin’ back; it was more like takin’ what we had and moving forward, making it cool and hip. There were certain things brothers wouldn’t do with chicks, or didn’t want you to know they did with chicks, that we made cool. Funk became a cool word, and it was cool to be funky, cool to be black. We were a part of making that cool happen.
Question: Taking it forward into the future, this whole alien persona mothership connection, it seems like you connected that idea of being black with being from a completely different place.
Bootsy Collins: And we are. We considered ourselves space pimps. We were from outer space and we were proud of it. Oh, you think you’re the only intelligence in this universe? We’re probably just like the ants, or not as good: we don’t know how smart they are ‘cause we’re so busy talking about how smart we are. If you have to continue to tell someone how smart you are, that’s kinda bein’ dumb. That’s where “Freedumb” comes in at. We’re making computers smarter than we are. We can’t keep up with them, when we are the best computers that has been made today.
I said that thing about Cornel West and Samuel L. Jackson and how they came in and didn’t write their lyrics. We’ve gotten to a place where it’s so comfortable to write stuff down and prerecord something, an idea of something. We get hooked on that and we lose our memory without recognizing it, taking the easy way out. It’s not wrong, it’s just a natural thing about us. That’s the way we were made. It goes to show me, when I saw [those guys] doing this, it was like, man, I used to do this and didn’t even think about it. Now, you have to write all this stuff down. [Read More]