Thursday, August 02, 2007
CHAKA KHAN'S 'FUNK THIS'
Chaka Khan duets with Mary J. Blige on the new single "Disrespectful," a track from her forthcoming CD, Funk This. The hard-driving duet represents the current harmony between the singers, 15 years after Khan publicly decried the younger Queen Of Hip Hop Soul's 1992 version of the classic "Sweet Thing," which Khan had made famous with Rufus back in 1974. Funk This is Khan's return to a harder R&B sound after the lush orchestral arrangements of 2005's ClassiKhan. It is also the first pairing of Khan with Grammy-winning production team Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. In addition to the Blige duet, Funk This includes other original tunes as well as Khan's versions of some favorites, including Joni Mitchell's "Ladies Man," Jimi Hendrix's "Castles Made Of Sand," Prince's "Sign O' The Times," and a tune recorded by Dee Dee Bridgewater, "Foolish Fool." Khan also revisits two Rufus classics, "Pack'd My Bags," and "You Got The Love," with original Rufus guitarist Tony Maiden. Michael McDonald also guests on the tune "You Belong To Me" with Khan. Funk This will be released September 25th on Burgundy/Sony BMG Entertainment.