Don’t bother pointing out that I’m getting a late start at this, but today marks my first selection in honor of Black History Month. Though my increasingly lengthy to-do list of albums is very diverse, it seems imperative to spend this time recognizing the contributions of Black artists and their resulting influence on the music industry. This past year has made it more apparent than ever that we need to recognize and rectify the inherent biases and inequalities in our culture and there’s no better and more prominent place to start than in pop culture. Bootsy Collins is an extremely influential and important bassist who should be a household name. As someone who has been a Parliament Funkadelic fan since my early teens, his first solo album seemed like an excellent place to start my month.