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Exclusive Listen: Bootsy Collins' Bouncy 'Don't Take My Funk'

The first single from the Parliament-Funkadelic bassist's new album features soul singer Bobby Womack

February 9, 2011 4:25 PM ET
Exclusive Listen: Bootsy Collins' Bouncy 'Don't Take My Funk'

Bootsy Collins' "Don’t Take My Funk"

Funk legend Bootsy Collins' first album in five years, Tha Funk Capital of the World, isn't in stores until April 26th – but here's an exclusive stream of the record's first single."Don't Take My Funk," a cut featuring Catfish Collins and soul singer Bobby Womack, is a fine showcase for Bootsy's highly influential and effortlessly groovy bass style. Listening to the song, you get the feeling that even if someone came along and stole half the funk on the track, it'd still be twice as funky as just about anything else out there.

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