Questlove has long professed his admiration for Godfather of Funk George Clinton. The Parliament-Funkadelic luminary essentially birthed G-Funk in the 1990s, with Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg among the many West Coast gangsta rap legends sampling Clinton’s music to sprinkle into their own Hip Hop gumbos.
On Thursday (March 31), The Roots drummer and now Oscar-winning director Questlove shared a post celebrating Eddie Murphy’s upcoming role in a George Clinton biopic. He wrote in the caption, “Can’t wait for the Diana Ross/Berry Gordy 20 Grand/Wine or Piss scene ——hope they pull it off! #funkadelic #parliament #pfunk.”
According to Deadline, Murphy will serve as producer with Davis Entertainment’s John Davis, Catherine Davis and John Fox. They are currently working on securing the rights with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner before hiring writers and shopping the project around.
Murphy has a three-picture deal with Amazon that came after the success of Coming 2 America, and this is a “passion project.”
George Clinton and his Parliament-Funkadelic bandmate Bootsy Collins have linked up with numerous Hip Hop artists over the years. In a November 2020 interview with DX, Collins compared himself and Clinton to Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. The D-O-Double-G had just flown out to Bootzilla Ranch to contribute vocals to “Jam On,” one of 16 new tracks on Bootsy’s solo album The Power of the One.
“I’ll tell you who I think really commanded G-funk as a source and a force of its own — Dr. Dre and Snoop with The Chronic,” Bootsy says. “That’s where the foundation of G-funk started. They did an excellent job of it.”