OAKLAND’S UNITY LEWIS READIES NEW ALBUM ‘7th DYNASTY’
FEATURING GEORGE CLINTON & THE P FUNK ALL STARS
Oakland activist and emcee Unity Lewis, formally known as Young Precise, is excited to announce the completion of his project, 7th Dynasty, featuring 60’s and 70’s Funk music pioneer, George Clinton. The album is produced by Oakland’s electronic/hip-hop Egon Brainparts of the production duo Bossasaurus. Other features on 7th Dynasty include The P-Funk All Stars, Sly Stone, up and coming rapper Holly Saucy and Bay Area legend Rappin’ 4-Tay.
7th Dynasty is the brainchild of Unity Lewis. Originally meant to be an album with his production partner, Egon, it developed into more when Unity met Tracey Lewis-Clinton, George Clinton’s son, and the two hit it off and began recording music.
“Then one day, he introduced me to his father,” explains Unity. “Of course, I was in awe. I asked him to record a track with me and was pretty thrilled when he agreed.” Over the summer of 2012, one track turned into five and in just two studio sessions, Unity had all the tracks recorded with George.
“I really wanted to incorporate live instrumentation to add more depth and dimension to our sound,” adds Unity. He enlisted Tarika Lewis, a master violinist who is featured on breakthrough recordings such as Xzhibit’s first single ‘Paparazzi,’ Josef Leimberg and Kamasi Washington, who both play horns on Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy award winning “To Pimp A Butterfly” album. Other vocal guests include P-Funk All Stars such as Tracey, Tracey’s son and George’s grandson Tra’zae Lewis-Clinton, along with Sheila Brody of The Brides Of Dr. Funkenstein.
Born in Los Angeles, Unity was raised in both LA and Sacramento, CA. By the age of 3, a young Unity was learning to draw, paint and sculpt. For college, Unity moved to Oakland to attend California College of the Arts (CCA). His passion for art is no surprise. Unity’s grandmother is Dr. Samella Lewis, artist and author of the history making Black Artists on Art book series from the 1960s. In 2015, Unity helped continue with his grandmothers series with The Legacy Exhibit which celebrated the 46th anniversary of the book and featured current African-American artists.
In 2011, Unity released his debut national project, Audio VeVe. A self described conscious-gangsta the EP was critically lauded and established Unity on the hip-hop map.
On 7th Dynasty, Unity was beamed up by George Clinton’s Mothership, as the heir to the seventh dynasty of Funk. We are currently planning a release through all online retailers worldwide.
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(L to R) Egon Brainparts, Unity Lewis and Tracey Lewis-Clinton
George Clinton and Unity Lewis