Bruno Mars is back, this time with Anderson .Paak for new Silk Sonic album

They even brought a funk legend along for the ride
Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak
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Late in the midnight hour, the universe declared that we the people won. Bruno Mars has announced that he and Anderson .Paak joined forces to create a new band, Silk Sonic.

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The surprise announcement comes almost five years since Mars’ last masterpiece, 24K Magic and almost two years since Paak’s. They also previously collaborated together for Mars’ 24K Magic world tour in Europe. It also declared that funk legend, Bootsy Collins will be involved somehow.

For the youth, Collins rose to fame in the late 60s, playing alongside James Brown with his brother, Catfish. According to The Guardian, when Bootsy and Catfish were recruited, “Brown was just entering his spangly cape-wearing “godfather of soul” phase… “While [Brown’s] own success was reaching frenzied levels internationally, he was also gaining notoriety for his domineering and overbearing presence. His previous backing band had walked out after disagreements over pay, and he had started to fine members for lateness or mistakes.” Collins would play “under his fingers bled,” and ultimately, he and Brown went separate ways when Brown accused Collins of being high when he wasn’t. He got high to prove a point and was fired.

When he teamed up with George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic in the '70s, he had more freedom and was able to find himself.. He rose to legendary status with his “driving bass guitar and humorous vocals.”

In regards to the formation of Silk Sonic, one fan tweets, “You have Bruno Mars that loves to make a modern hit out of New Jack Swing and Anderson .Paak that puts his own spin on the classic era of Soul/Funk. You throw in [Bootsy] Collins and we have what can potentially be the greatest s*** I’ve heard in a very long time.”

Most of all, this collaboration can lead to this.

Silk Sonic’s first single will be available to stream next Friday, March 5th.

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