Bootsy Collins, "Tha Funk Capital of the World"
Bootsy Collins, like the rest of the Parliament-Funkadelic universe, has never been one for small, subtle gestures. So it's not surprising that his first new album in five years, "Tha Funk Capital of the World," is epic in scale, from its 16 mostly woofer-shaking tracks to the generation-spanning guest list. And, of course, Collins remains solidly in the center. There's a palpable phatness to every song, even such slow jams as "Chocolate Caramel Angel" and "Yummy, I Got the Munchies." But most visitors to "Tha Funk Capital of the World" would rather shake their booty than get some. Collins and company deliver on tracks like "Hip Hop @ Funk U" (with Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and Chuck D), "After These Messages" (featuring Samuel L. Jackson) and the soulful "Don't Take My Funk" (with Bobby Womack and Bootsy's brother, the late Catfish Collins). And memorials to Jimi Hendrix, James Brown and P-Funk guitarist Garry Shider give the album some emotional heft without bringing the party down.