Chocolate City (song)

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"Chocolate City"
Single by Parliament
from the album Chocolate City
B-side "Chocolate City (long version)"
Released May 1975
Format Vinyl
Genre Funk/R&B
Length 3:08
Label Casablanca 831
Writer(s) George Clinton
Bootsy Collins
Bernie Worrell
Producer(s) George Clinton

"Chocolate City" is a song by the funk band Parliament, the lead track of their 1975 album of the same name. It was also released as a two-part single, the first from the album.

The song's largely spoken vocals (delivered by George Clinton) express pride in "Chocolate Cities", that is, cities with a majority black population. The song also reflects on the solidarity of African-American society at the time. The singer playfully hypothesizes what it would be like if there were an African American in the White House, and assigns the following people to positions in government:

"Chocolate" cities in the song[edit]

Clinton's lyrics referred to Chocolate City as "my piece of the rock", as opposed to the "40 acres and a mule" that slaves were promised after the Civil War.

The song closes with phrase "Just got New York, I'm told."

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1975) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 94
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles 24