There are innovators, and then there are the few artists like George Clinton.
As an idiosyncratic songwriter, eclectic visionary and father of the '70s rock-meets-funk-music offshoot known as P-Funk, Clinton cemented his place as one of the most important figures in rock 'n' roll history decades ago. But what sets Clinton, who turns 74 next week, apart from other legends is his evolving and sustained relevancy. Others might coast by on a reputation as storied as Clinton's, but today, he is still finding ways to add fresh spins of funk to contemporary music.
For recent proof, look no further than rapper-of-the-moment Kendrick Lamar, whose third album,