This freaky son of Newark, N.J. didn't always used to funk it up. Back when he was working in a barbershop, he was influenced by a lot of jazz, and aspiring to be a famous doo-wop singer.
"Our customers were James Moody; I delivered milk to Sarah Vaughan," he says. "Wayne Shorter lived on Huntington Street. I lived on Bergen street, one block apart. Larry Young Jr., I remember when he sang doo-wop."
Clinton, the front man and founder of Parliament-Funkadelic, joins DJ Soul Sister from New Orleans to talk about his roots — as told in his memoir (now out in paperback) Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard On You?
On Tuesday, Parliament-Funkadelic performs its second annual NYC Halloween Funkdown at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill.