Dope Dog (1993)

(Parliament - Funkadelic - P-Funk All Stars)

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Track Listing:

Slow P Dope Mix {G Clinton}  5:15
Hyper P Dope Mix {G Clinton}  5:38
Kibbles & Bit's Puppy Chow Mix {G Clinton}  5:02
G-Man Dawg {G Clinton}  5:05
Jazz Stash Mix {G Clinton}  7:43
Gumbo {G Clinton, W Collins, B Worrell}  4:32
Jazz Residue {G Clinton}  2:25
Fast Dope Inst. 4 Samps. {G Clinton}  2:20
Hoe's Prairie Dog Mix {G Clinton}  3:29
Hoe's Inst. Fade {G Clinton}  1:17
Sampsssss {G Clinton}  7:22


Producer: George Clinton
Arrangements: George Clinton, Mark Bass 
Arrangements on "Hyper P Dope Mix": Andre Williams.

 "Slow P Dope Mix":
Lead Vocal: George Clinton
Keyboards, Guitar: Jeff Bass 
Drums: Mark Bass 
Background Vocals: George Clinton, Patavian Lewis, Greg Thompson, 
 Robert Johnson, Andre Williams

 "Hyper P Dope Mix":
Lead Vocal: George Clinton 
Keyboards, Guitar: Andre Williams 
Guitar: Eddie Hazel, Andre Williams 
Background Vocals: Andre Williams, Robert Johnson, George Clinton, 
 Louie Kababbie, Belita Woods, Paul Hill, Patavian Lewis

 "Kibbles & Bits Puppy Chow Mix":
Lead Vocal: Patavian Lewis
Background Vocals: George Clinton, Louie Kababbie

 "G-Man Dawg":
Lead Vocal: Greg Thompson
Keyboards, Guitar: Jeff Bass 
Drums: Mark Bass 
Background Vocals: Greg Thompson, George Clinton, Keith Christian,
 Andre "Rollo" Robinson

 "Jazz Stash Mix":
Lead Vocal: George Clinton
Keyboards: Joseph Fiddler 
Background Vocals: Louie Kababbie, Patavian Lewis, Greg Thompson, 
 Robert Johnson, Andre Williams, George Clinton

Samples: From the Sample Some of Disc... series
Get Stuck: Guitar Sample
Street Level: All Mixes Except "Dope Dog Fast"
Loop Du Jour: All Mixes Except "Dope Dog Fast"
Boot Camp: Lil' Hoes Mix
Funk Shot: (Later, To Become, "Double Oh Oh")
Nose Zone: (Later, To Become, "Sizzlin' [sic] Mean")
Funk Attack: (Later, To Become, "Smoke Signals")

 "Hoe's Prairie Dog Mix"
Keyboards: Joseph Fiddler 
Drums: Mark Bass, Jeff Bass
Lead Vocals: Louie Kababbie
Background Vocals: Patavian Lewis

Rating: RC: ***


RC: This CD is a collector's item. It was only released on George's Detroit-area One Nation label, and so received very limited distribution. It mostly contains remixes of "Dope Dog", a song he started doing a cappella in concert in the late 80's. Several of the versions are excellent.

The "Slow P" mix is a mid-tempo number, with piano the most prominent intstrument. This is the version found on the Japanese version of Dope Dogs. The "Hyper P" mix is the best on the album, and this version can be heard on the European edition of Dope Dogs. It features a funky synth driving the track forward, and the 'Whatcha gonna do, George?' chorus. "Kibbles & Bits" is similar to the Japanese track, except that only Patavian Lewis can be heard here, doing chants. "G-Man Dawg" is a hip-hop version, with somewhat different lyrics and horn loops. The "Jazz Stash Mix" is a slow version, very mellow. There are some lyrical differences here as well. "Gumbo" is a bunch of samples patched together from assorted songs, including a lot of beats and bass sounds as well as some chants and lyrical hooks. "Jazz Residue" concentrates on beats and piano; it's the base track for other versions. "Fast Dope" got turned into "Pack Of Wild Dogs" on the Japanese album, it's the "Whatcha gonna do" chant and those deep synth sounds. "Hoe's Prairie Dog" is rapped by Louie Kababbie, and it samples "The Freeze". It puns on Little House On The Prairie, and it's a typical hoe song. "Hoe's Inst Fade" and "Sampsssss" have assorted samples used in the songs, with brief stops inbetween for easier sampling.

JC: The CD single was really only sold at PFunk shows, and not a single mix on there holds a candle to the live versions from the early 1990s.

One point of clarification: if I remember correctly, "Dope Dog", was part of a pile of raps George first started using during the 1989 tour. Those pieces included what we called "Funk is Dead.." but which mutated, rather poorly I think, into "Martial Law." Also something about the crack trade with the opening line "Johnny sold rocks" I don't believe that one was ever recorded. "Yank My Doodle," which wound up on Tracey's album, was part of that set, but really just comic relief. There was also, of course, "Rhythm and Rhyme," which was given a decent treatment with a fine Bootsy fuzz bass solo on Smell My Finger.

But the centerpiece of it all was the stunning "Niggerish" which I think was recorded but never released. A miniscule fragment of one section of the rhymes from "Niggerish" appears on "Dissinfordollars" from Bernie's Blacktronic Science, but I don't think there's any commercially available version of the whole thing.

It's a damn shame. If in 1990 George had gone into the studio, with some cats who can truly write music (a la Bernie and Bootsy) and cut an album build around the raps "Dope Dog", "Rhythm and Rhyme", "Johnny Sold Rocks", "Funk Is Dead", and "Niggerish", we'd be sitting here talking about one of the great George Clinton, P-Funk street operas.