Parliament-Funkadelic’s Jerome “Bigfoot” Brailey Gears Up for the Release of New Album With His New Group

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The legendary Bigfoot was the predominant backbeat of George Clinton's P-Funk organization and now has another groove with Bigfoot & Bondz.

Parliament-Funkadelic and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, Jerome “Bigfoot” Brailey, has an innovative album coming out through Hoopla Media Group / LRT / INgrooves Fontana called "The Lovinator Experiment" with his new group Bigfoot & Bondz.

“Signing Jerome Bigfoot Brailey to our company with his Bigfoot & Bondz project is a monumental highlight for our company. I framed his signature on our company record contract, I mean really, does it get any bigger than this?” says Jonathan Hay (co-owner of Hoopla Media Group / Hoopla Worldwide and Jonathan Hay Publicity).

Jerome “Bigfoot” Brailey is undoubtedly one of the giants of Funk music. Wherever you turn in P-Funk territory you are bound to trip over the infectious beats of Jerome “Bigfoot” Brailey. Bigfoot will live forever in P-Funk lore, when Uncle Jam said he wanted you, Jerome answered the call and made his move from the outer regions of sanity to the inner sanctum of the Funk Overlord, George Clinton and helped the concept of Pure Funk-–or P-Funk–-became a reality, courtesy of "The Mothership Connection". It’s hard to imagine the sound of this momentous album without the fluid drumming of Jerome Brailey, who also co-wrote the track that epitomized the sound of Parliament’s "Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)".

Throughout the seventies, Brailey was the predominant backbeat of George Clinton’s P-Funk organization, sharing the rhythm chores with such luminaries as Bootsy Collins on bass, Bernie Worrell on keyboards and guitar legends Eddie Hazel, Gary Shider, Mike Hampton and Glen Goins. Along the way, Brailey had contributed to some of P-Funk’s most successful and memorable moments, with seven Gold and Platinum records to prove it. Who hasn’t heard of "The Mothership Connection", "Clones Of Dr Funkenstein", "Funkentelechy Vs The Placebo Syndrome" or "One Nation Under A Groove"? As well as contributing to output of Parliament-Funkadelic, Jerome was also to be heard on albums by Fred Wesley & The Horny Horns and Bootsy’s Rubber Band.

When the Mothership crashed at the end of that decade, the pieces of it exploded into new Funk and the first group members to jump the Mothership were Jerome Brailey and Glen Goins. Jerome’s group Mutiny issued "Mutiny On The Mamaship" in 1979, followed in 1980 by "Funk Plus The One", which served up more fluid grooves and massive critical acclaim.

In 1990, he continued working with such highly-acclaimed artists as Herbie Hancock and Buddy Miles, as well as his Parliament-Funkadelic allies Bootsy Collins and Bernie Worrell. In 1992, the world witnessed the birth of G-Funk as pioneered by Dr. Dre on The Chronic (Death Row Records), which leaned heavily on the P-Funk groove and is widely considered to one the greatest hip-hop albums of all-time. Chad Kiser (co-founder of Hoopla) asks, “Seriously, where would Dr. Dre be right now if it wasn’t for Parliament-Funkadelic?” Jonathan Hay interjected, “Dr. Dre should release a special series of headphones for Jerome, and call them ‘Beats by Bigfoot’ cause a lot of the classic songs, rhythms and beats by Dre are heavily influenced from Bigfoot.”

In 1993, Black Arc Records released O.G. Funk, "Out Of The Dark" the brainchild of Billy “Bass” Nelson, original Funkadelic Bass man, featuring Bigfoot. In 1995, collaborations between Bigfoot, Bootsy, Bernie Worrell and the late Eddie Hazel appeared on the Axiom Funk compilation, Funkcronomicon. That same year, Mutiny signed a single deal with Rad Records for the release of, "Sneakin Up Behind You" which saw the first collaboration with album cover art artist, the British based P-Funk cartoonist, Howard Priestley who has also created material for Rick (Horny Horns) Gardner, Mallia Franklin, Bootsy Collins, Ruth Copeland, and Garry Shider. Fast forward to now, and Howard Priestly is also doing the artwork for upcoming "The Lovinator Experiment" and he is being assisted by award-winning graphic artist, Sabrina Hale of Hoopla Media Group and Urbanista Graphix. They have come up with an extensive booklet of original artwork (in both physical and digital formats) that will give the P-Funk fans all across the world something to get really excited about. “It sounds so cliché, but it really is a dream come true” says Hale.

Let’s get back to this historical funk lesson, on Tuesday, May 6, 1997, the Twelfth Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annual Induction Ceremony was held in Cleveland, Ohio where the Inductees included Parliament-Funkadelic who received the prestigious honor for "Tear The Roof Off The Sucker" and "One Nation Under A Groove". Sometime after the dawn of the new millennium, Jerome began taking his authentic Funk to other markets and working in Miami, Florida.

Shorty after, Bigfoot stumbled across Bondz—who is mostly known in the local Tampa Bay area music scene and from being in hip-hop collective Audio Stepchild—heard some of his material and wanted to get into the recording studio with him. They began working via phone and email but while he was living in Miami Beach, Jerome decided to go to the Tampa Bay area (Tarpon Springs, Florida) and meet him in person. There they came up with the Bigfoot & Bondz idea and Bigfoot relocated to the Tampa area for six months and even brought along with his long time Mutiny engineer, Bruce Hensal and started coming up with the concept of recording Mello in a more funky, R&B, soulful type sound. Bigfoot said, “Meeting Bondz and recording there was really cool. I already knew some of the local musicians such as Jerry Outlaw, Shawn Wainwrigt, Frankie J (from the Bar-Kays) and Reggie Dockens (who I met through Bondz). The people of Tampa had this universal vibe and loved Funk music and you couldn't beat the beaches of Clearwater. It was paradise.”

Bondz recalls, “One night I was with friends Nik Sharp and Levin Vinson at a show, I think, when I bumped into my friend SW1, who is wicked nasty on bass and he went on to tell me to get in contact with boy Bigfoot, and I'm like ‘P-Funk Bigfoot?’ He was like ‘yea’, and instantly I started reminiscing on partying to all the P-Funk classics and couldn't wait to link up with Bigfoot.” Bondz continues, “We did some really great collaborations and I thought it was a wrap. Then Bigfoot suggested that we try some R&B. ‘R&B?!’ I said, ‘Are you crazy?’ I’m a Rap artist and I can hold a note, but an R&B singer, no way.’ Bigfoot just laughed at me and convinced me to give it a try. I remember he would throw me out of the recording booth because I would rap the lyrics instead of singing them. After it was all said and done, we had an amazing album and I’m so honored to be a part of the Bigfoot legacy.”

Added recording engineer Jason Kitchen, “I had an incredible time working on this album with Bigfoot & Bondz. When you have an opportunity in life to work with musicians of this caliber you take it. As a drummer myself and huge fan of the Funk, I'm not sure if Jerome truly understands what an honor it was to work with him. I'm truly excited for this release and hope everyone enjoys it as much as we did making it.”

So now Jerome “Bigfoot” Brailey would like to introduce his new strand of funk with Bondz dubbed "The Lovinator Experiment" because “Funk is about the rhythm within.” And yea, it’s safe to say that we all still want the Funk.

Hoopla Media Group based out of Louisville, Kentucky (with LRT / INgrooves Fontana), along with its sister company Hoopla Worldwide with WIDEawake Entertainment will be releasing this new strand of Funk music to the masses. Leading pop culture media outlet, Dr Funkenberry will be premiering an exclusive song from this upcoming album soon. “Man is starting to get real funky up in here,” echoed Michael Bentley, A&R President of Hoopla.

This album is dedicated to the memory of Ajay "King" Alton Curry with proceeds of this album going to the Ajay King Foundation with the goal to educate youth and encourage them through music, fashion and culture, with the benefits of eating healthy, exercise and being responsible.

For media inquiries, interview requests or for more information on Bigfoot & Bondz call JH Publicity LLC at 502.240.8482 or email jonhay(at)gmail.com.

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