Bootsy Collins' first album in five years sounds a lot like the classic albums he made with the Parliament-Funkadelic mothership back in the '70s. Appearances by P-Funkers George Clinton and Bernie Worrell certainly help, but so does the album's sprawling theme; it's a 75-minute opus about cultural, historical, and musical shakeups that have occurred since Bootsy first started playing music 40-plus years ago. There are guest stars all over the place — from disciples like Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg to actor Samuel L. Jackson, and from deep thinker Cornel West to banjo player Bela Fleck. Tha Funk Capital is a messy, rambling work, but it's also the best P-Funk album in years. Just listen to "Hip Hop @ Funk U" and "The Real Deal" for proof. — Gallucci
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