@silentboatman Thanks for the welcome (sorry for not yet posting on the Welcome, I’m a bit shy). The forum is valuable resource for fans of P-Funk.
So, yeah, I saw the discussion on here with the Emperor Has No Clones on here, and the listing of the Upsouth track. However, I had not seen these videos! They really provide me with more questions than answers.
The first video I could definetly see fitting the “South” theme enough style-wise. I wonder if there are meant to be lyrics to it (besides an “up South”). I could see it as a mood-setting intro track like Mr. Wiggles on Motor-Booty Affair, for example.
The second video is a gem of a gold mine, adding to my confusion about the style Upsouth is supposed to be in. (I know George is also not afraid to mix and remix, which always adds to the confusion.) Some songs that I speculate potentially being on the album have twangy guitar (leaked Ya Turn To Burn or maybe just Burn), others with 80/90 drum-machine (Maximumisness, High In My Hello), tracks matching a Southern part of the body (butt) theme (Lady Likes Bottom, Somethin’ Stank; A Fifth of Funk Japanese release Family Series cover maybe?), recycled (Ball of Confusion, maybe for C-Conspiracy?). (I intend to elaborate on these and more in follow up replies if I don’t mention them right now). And with motiffs, Drugs, (Mind) Control, Farming, Southern Food, Butts and the South. These themes appear on pretty much every major mainline P-Funk project at least as far back as Hey Man… Smell My Finger (there’s so much, it is overwhelming).
Anyways, the most interesting part of the second song to me are the mentions of “cornbread”, “corn-on-the-cob”, “baked-beans”, “chocolate-cake”, “bannana bread”, “peach cobbler”. One of my hypotheses about Upsouth is a motiff of food, especially Southern food. Maximumisness from Hey Man… Smell My Finger being a prime example: “where are the lumps in my gravy”, “what I wouldn’t eat if I wasn’t on a diet?”, “biscuits good to the gravy when you sop”, “gravy from greens is called pot liquor”, “awwww let’s eat”, “organic truth”, may I take your order" (related to Do Fries Go With That Shake?), “food for thought”.
Other songs include , High In My Hello (High in My HelLOW, “The funk is a fake, never let the icing, get in the way of your cake”), Somethin’ Stank (from How Late; “hydroponic and water-grown grain”, “THC be the reason, twelve months straight, [?] reap the season. I got it gonn’ from the farmmer and the del ta the fourty-pound pell”, “tasty cakes”), Roller Rink (in The Mammoth Sessions/First Ya Gotta Shake The Gate, “mashed potatos, [collards and brown(?)]”). I’m sure there’s more are slipping my mind, but it is hard to keep track of all of them.