Not just a funky bass-filled album, World Wide Funk also entails a call to activism – “Bootz on the ground, baby”, the title track declares. Collins described in his eccentric lyrical manner: “Unity in the community is a part of this plan and when the Mothership lands there’s nothing but helping hands…WWF-Drive is about propelling ourselves and generations to come into the future with the speed of light as in Flashlight.” Giving hopeful happy music has been a vital part of the long-time activist’s career – he runs the Bootsy Collins Foundation with his wife Patti, which focuses on raising the self-esteem of bullied girls as well as poverty measures such as providing musical instruments to disadvantaged kids.
A musical and philanthropic icon, Bootsy just wants everyone to “feel good & sexy like them old house parties”. Let’s hope so, ’cause Bootsy Collins is just what the world needs. Check out the premiere of ‘Hot Saucer’ below, and stay tuned for the album release of World Wide Funk on 27th October.