Funk pioneer George Clinton has signed on with Exclusive Solutions Management for representation after the company promised to help him regain the intellectual property he had lost and seek restoration for him monetarily.

“At a time when he should be able to live off his life’s work, Clinton is struggling to provide for his family and give his mother a proper burial,” read a statement from ESM announcing the venture. His mother, Julious G. Keaton, died earlier this month in North Carolina.

The company says Clinton “has received little monetary gain over the past three decades from his musical works, such as “Flashlight” and “One Nation Under a Groove.” Clinton’s smash hit “Atomic Dog” is one of the most sampled songs in history, yet Clinton does not receive any compensation from it since he does not legally own the rights to the song.

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