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Rick James

In the late '70s, when the fortunes of Motown Records seemed to be flagging, Rick James came along and rescued the company, providing funky hits that updated the label's style and saw it through into the mid-'80s. Actually, James had been with Motown earlier, though nothing had come of it. After growing up in Buffalo and running away to join the Naval Reserves, he ran away from the Navy to Toronto, where he was in a band with future Buffalo Springfield members Neil Young and Bruce Palmer, and with Goldy McJohn, later of Steppenwolf. As the Mynah Birds, they signed to Motown and recorded, though no record was ever released.

James had a journeyman's career playing bass in various groups before signing again to Motown as an artist, songwriter, and producer. His first single, "You and I" (May 1978), topped the R&B charts and reached the pop Top 40. "Mary Jane" (September 1978) was another hit. Both were on James' debut album, Come Get It! (June 1978), which went gold. Subsequent efforts were not as successful, though Bustin' Out of L Seven (January 1979) featured the R&B hit "Bustin' Out" (April 1979). James returned to form with the number one R&B hit "Give It to Me Baby" (March 1981), featured on the million-selling Street Songs (April 1981), which also featured the hit "Super Freak."

James turned his production attention to resuscitating the career of the Temptations, recently returned to Motown, and "Standing on the Top" (April 1982), credited to the Temptations featuring Rick James, was an R&B Top Ten. (He also produced recordings by Teena Marie and the Mary Jane Girls.) James' follow-up to Street Songs was the gold-selling Throwin' Down (May 1982), which featured the hit "Dance Wit' Me." The title song of Cold Blooded (August 1983) became James' third R&B number one, and the album also featured his hit duet with Smokey Robinson, "Ebony Eyes." James' greatest-hits album Reflections (August 1984) featured the new track "17" (June 1984), which also became a hit. Glow (April 1985) contained Top Ten R&B singles in the title track and "Can't Stop," which was featured in the summer movie blockbuster Beverly Hills Cop. The Flag (June 1986) featured the hit "Sweet and Sexy Thing" (May 1986).

James left Motown for the Reprise division of Warner Bros. Records as of the album Wonderful (July 1988), which featured his number one R&B hit "Loosey's Rap," on which he was accompanied by rapper Roxanne Shante. Nevertheless, his "punk funk" didn't seem to rest comfortably with the trend toward rap/hip-hop. In 1989, James charted briefly with a medley of the Drifters hits "This Magic Moment" and "Dance With Me." In 1990, MC Hammer scored a massive hit with "U Can't Touch This," which consisted of his rap over the instrumental track of "Super Freak." That should have made for a career rebirth, but James was plagued by drug and legal problems that found him more frequently in court and in jail rather than in the recording studio. The majority of his legal woes behind him, James returned in 1997 with Urban Rapsody, which didn't yield any hits but was well accepted by critics. Rick James died of a heart attack on August 6, 2004, at his Los Angeles home. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi
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Everybody knows this song. Classic.
Definately one of the pioneers of funk. R.I.P. Slick Rick.
My jam!
Funk and nothing but
Takrs me back to when i was in the Marines stationed in camp lejeune, N.C. PJ's tonite!!! :)
I love him
M ring musical genius
Miss him !
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
I loved Rick.....It' s sad about his problems.... . s o r r y he passed away
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
k_nixon8
Rick used to put on quite a show!!
Rick's the man!!!
dsampler2000
The Original Slick Rick. ......he was the man back in the 80's.
Super freak's beat is the same as "can't touch this"
I just realized that you guys are so wierd and scary I'm only 14 years old I didn't even know him I'm on Michael Jackson radio so... ya
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
RICK JAMES! My first concert as a teenager.. With Prince when he first started as an artist...SOF T & WET
Darkness , the milk all dried up!!!!!
Follow me for a folliw
all the way from be low new york rick is my home boy.
slick rick was a pimp. rick james was the s**t. rip playa
im rick james b**ch
F**k your couch!
He looks gay
Uuuuur u this
Follow 4 a follow & read my bio…k thx
Rick James knew how to throw a party!
Kickin it
RICK JAMES WAS A BAD MOTHA FUCKA. R.I.P Mr.James.
Rick James and Teena Marie"Both Musical Geniuses".." T h i s Duet/Song
Proves It's"..Both were"Fire and Desire"..You r " M u s i c and Legacy"
Lives On:))..Thank you"Both:)). .
RICK WAS A SERIOUS BASSIST RIP MAN!!
Saw him n concert n Atlanta 81 or 82 Nobody sat.down!!
How do u get followers on here
I just want to love ya, that's why I'm so elated!
Cold blooded... freak. Do you love me MJ?
rste134
rick rick b**ch!!!
423johnsard
The ONE and only!!
Mannnnnn I seen him In dayton, oh dam
SPARK IT UP HAHAHA LISTO UNO IN THE HOUSE TO BROWN
I LOVE RICKEY JAMES! RICKEY POOH....
Just because he was a crack-addict doesn't mean he wasnt a great artist.Every o n e in the world got a relative who done did some thangs!
Cocaine is a hell of a drug! RIP
stosstheboss
Oh yeah!
Yep right now... do dat.
One of Rick's best. Everything is gonna be alright. Fire and desire
^##^ my lip zip OMgG HE IS OFF THE CHANGE I MY FAN
stanley.mart i n e z 2 1
I'm rick James B**ch
Cocaine is a hell of a drug!
I'm Rick James, b**ch!
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