- Released: April 26, 2011
- Label: Megaforce
Down Beat - p.743.5 stars out of 5
-- "[This is] his most alive-sounding disc in nearly two decades....Here, Collins steps into his role as a living musical institution..."
Billboard (p.32) - "[E]pic in scale, from its 16 mostly woofer-shaking tracks to the generation-spanning guest list."
- 1.Spreading Hope Like Dope (Intro)
- 2.Hip Hop @ Funk U - (featuring Ice Cube / Snoop Dogg / Chuck D)
- 3.Mirrors Tell Lies - (featuring Jimi Hendrix)
- 4.JB -- Still the Man - (featuring Rev. Al Sharpton)
- 5.Freedumb (When-Love-Becomes-a-Threat) - (featuring Dr. Cornel West)
- 6.After These Messages - (featuring Samuel L. Jackson)
- 7.Kool Whip - (featuring Phil Ade'/Candi$weetz)
- 8.Real Deal, The - (featuring Candi$weetz / Mike Phillips / Sheila E.)
- 9.Don't Take My Funk - (featuring Bobby Womack / Phelps "Catfish" Collins)
- 10.If Looks Could Kill - (featuring Dennis Chambers / Zion Planet 10/B?la Fleck)
- 11.Minds Under Construction - (featuring Buckethead)
- 12.Siento Bombo - (featuring Oui wey / Oui Wey Collins / Olvido Ruiz)
- 13.Jazz Greats, The (A Tribute to Jazz) - (featuring Linda Shider / George Clinton / George Duke / Ron Carter)
- 14.Garry Shider Tribute - (featuring Nick Arnold / Linda Shider / George Clinton / Chrissy Dunn)
- 15.Stars Have No Names (They Just Shine) - (featuring Nick Arnold / Faith Daniels / Chrissy Dunn / Ronni Racket / Casper)
- 16.Chocolate Caramel Angel - (featuring Tom Joyner / Casper / Razzberry Hershey / Faith Daniels / Ronni Racket / Musiq (Soulchild))
- 17.Yummy, I Got the Munchies - (featuring Tom Joyner / Razzberry White / Musiq (Soulchild))
Personnel: Bootsy Collins (rap vocals, guitar, keyboards, drums, drum programming); Catfish Collins (vocals, guitar); Adrian Hall, Candice Cheatham, Nick Arnold, Linda Shider, George Clinton , Zion Planet 10, Olvido Ruiz, Chrissy Dunn, The Bootzilla Choir, Razzberry White, Pastor Cooper, Li'l Diamond, Musiq (Soulchild), Penny Ford, Tony Wilson , Bobby Womack (vocals); Danny Ray, Tom Joyner, Ice Cube, Jimi Hendrix, Phil Ade', Faith Daniels, Rev. Al Sharpton, Xavier Styles, Khrys Styles, Snoop Dogg, Samuel L. Jackson, Dr. Cornel West (rap vocals); Buckethead, Garry Shider, Shawn Steele, Ronni "Racket" Jennings (guitar); B?la Fleck (banjo); Jerald Daemyon, Paul Patterson, Casey Driessen (strings); Hal Melia, Randy Villars, Brian Hogg (saxophone); Gary Winters, Mike Wade (trumpet, flugelhorn); Fred Wesley, Marck Fields (trombone); Joel "Razor Sharp" Johnson, Morris Mingo, Bernie Worrell (keyboards); Frankie "Kash" Waddy, Steve Jordan , Dennis Chambers, Shelia E (drums); Oui Wey Collins (drum programming).
Recording information: Bootzilla Re-Hab; Germany; LA; Lench Mob Studios, Los Angeles; The Institute of Audio Research, NYC; The Terrordome, Strong Island, NY.
Photographers: Michael Weintrob; David Carlo; Mark Alexander.
Thinking big, Bootsy Collins' 2011 effort is a conceptual trip, a funky history lesson brought to life by the P-Funk veteran, his rock-solid band, and a slew of guest stars, ranging from rapper Ice Cube to professor Cornel West. In between, there's funk-rock shredding from freaky and frequent collaborator Buckethead, some psychedelic storytelling by way of an old Jimi Hendrix interview, plus better-than-expected prose from both Rev. Al Sharpton (on the cultural magnificence of James Brown) and Samuel L. Jackson (on how the funk era was a Renaissance for the hood). Underneath it all, the P-Funk jams pop and stroll with that same old swagger, while Bootsy himself beams down his wild bits of Mothership wisdom, including "It's recess time, so put a smile on your mind" ("Don't Take My Funk") and "If you wanna lead the orchestra, you're gonna have to turn your back to the crowd" ("Siento Bombo"). The album is a bit too fat to be considered classic, but there's a casual charm to this free-flowing, reminiscence party which could have just as easily been an elaborate mess. A tribute to the late P-Funk guitarist Garry Shider and an appearance from Bootsy's older brother Catfish Collins -- who died before the album saw release -- add poignancy to this rich and funky success. ~ David Jeffries