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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
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: This Magic Moment / Dance With Me (Single)

1. This Magic Moment / Dance With Me (Remix)

2. This Magic Moment / Dance With Me (Dub Mix)

3. This Magic Moment / Dance With Me (Instrumental)

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Track List: The Complete Motown Albums

Disc 1

1. Stone City Band, Hi! (Live)

2. You And I

3. Sexy Lady

4. Dream Maker

5. Be My Lady

6. Mary Jane

7. Hollywood

8. Stone City Band, Bye!

9. You And I (Extended M+M Mix)

10. You And I (Instrumental)

Disc 2

11. Bustin' Out (On Funk)

12. High On Your Love Suite / One Mo Hit (Of Your Love)

13. Love Interlude

14. Spacey Love

15. Cop 'N' Blow

16. Jefferson Ball

17. Fool On The Street

Disc 3

20. Fire It Up

21. Love Gun

22. Lovin' You Is A Pleasure

23. Love In The Night

24. Come Into My Life

25. Stormy Love

26. When Love Is Gone

Disc 4

28. Big Time

29. Don't Give Up On Love

30. Island Lady

31. Gettin' It On (In The Sunshine)

32. Summer Love

33. Mary-Go-Round

34. Gettin' It On (In The Sunshine)

36. Gypsy Girl

Disc 5

37. Give It To Me Baby

38. Ghetto Life

39. Make Love To Me

40. Mr. Policeman

41. Super Freak

42. Fire And Desire

43. Call Me Up

44. Below The Funk (Pass The J)

Disc 6

47. Dance Wit' Me

48. Money Talks

49. Teardrops

50. Throwdown

52. Hard To Get

53. Happy (Feat. Teena Marie)

54. She Blew My Mind (69 Times)

55. My Love

Disc 7

60. U Bring The Freak Out

61. Cold Blooded

62. Ebony Eyes

63. 1, 2, 3 (U, Her And Me)

64. Doin' It

65. New York Town

66. P.I.M.P. The S.I.M.P. (Feat. Grandmaster Flash)

67. Tell Me (What You Want) (Feat. Billy Dee Williams)

68. Unity

Disc 8

72. Can't Stop

73. Spend The Night With Me

74. Melody Makes Me Dance

75. Somebody (The Girl's Got)

76. Glow

77. Moonchild

78. Sha La La La La (Come Back Home)

79. Rock And Roll Control

80. Glow

86. 17

88. Oh What A Night (4 Luv)

89. You Turn Me On

Disc 9

93. Forever And A Day

94. Sweet And Sexy Thing

95. Free To Be Me

96. Save It For Me

98. R U Experienced

99. Funk In America/Silly Little Man

100. Slow And Easy Interlude

101. Slow And Easy

102. Rick's Raga

103. Painted Pictures

104. Freak Flag

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Track List: Garden Of Love

1. Big Time

2. Don't Give Up On Love

3. Island Lady

4. Gettin' It On (In The Sunshine)

5. Summer Love

6. Mary-Go-Round

7. Gettin' It On (In The Sunshine) (Reprise)

8. Big Time (Extended Version)

9. Gypsy Girl (Demo Version)

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Track List: Deeper Still

1. Deeper Still

2. Guinnevere

3. Stop It

4. Taste

5. Stroke

6. Do You Wanna Play

7. Not Alone

8. Sapphire

9. Maybe

10. Secrets

11. Funk Wit Me

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Track List: The Definitive Collection

1. You And I

2. Mary Jane

3. Bustin' Out (Single Edit)

4. High On Your Love Suite

5. Love Gun

6. Big Time

7. Give It To Me Baby

8. Super Freak (Pt. 1)

9. Fire And Desire (Feat. Teena Marie)

10. Standing On The Top (Feat. The Temptations) (Pt. 1)

11. Dance Wit' Me (Part 1)

12. Cold Blooded

13. Ebony Eyes (Feat. Smokey Robinson)

14. 17

15. Can't Stop

16. Glow

17. Loosey's Rap (Feat. Roxanne Shanté)

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Track List: Rick James Gold

Disc 1

1. You And I

2. Mary Jane

4. Fire It Up

5. Love Gun

8. Give It To Me Baby

9. Super Freak

10. Fire And Desire (Feat. Teena Marie)

Disc 2

3. Hard To Get

4. She Blew My Mind (69 Times)

5. U Bring The Freak Out

6. Cold Blooded

7. Ebony Eyes (Feat Smokey Robinson)

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Track List: Anthology

Disc 1

1. You And I

2. Mary Jane

3. Hollywood

4. Bustin' Out

5. Fire It Up

6. Love Gun

7. Come Into My Life

8. When Love Has Gone

9. Big Time

10. Island Lady

11. Give It To Me Baby

12. Super Freak

13. Fire And Desire (Feat. Teena Marie)

Disc 2

1. Dance Wit' Me

2. Standing On The Top (Feat. Rick James)

3. Hard To Get (Single Version)

4. Happy (Feat. Teena Marie)

5. She Blew My Mind (69 Times) (Single Version)

6. My Love

7. U Bring The Freak Out

8. Cold Blooded

9. Ebony Eyes (Feat. Smokey Robinson)

10. P.I.M.P. The S.I.M.P. (Feat. Grandmaster Flash)

11. 17

12. Glow (Single Version)

13. Moonchild

14. Sweet And Sexy Thing

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Track List: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: Best Of Rick James

1. Super Freak

2. Bustin' Out

3. You And I

4. Mary Jane

5. Ebony Eyes (Feat. Smokey Robinson)

6. Give It To Me Baby

7. Dance Wit' Me

8. Cold Blooded

9. 17

10. Big Time

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Track List: Bustin Out

Disc 1

1. You And I

2. Mary Jane

3. Dream Maker

4. Bustin' Out

5. Love Gun

6. Big Time

7. Give It To Me Baby

8. Super Freak

9. Ghetto Life

10. Fire And Desire

12. Hard To Get

14. Dance Wit' Me

Disc 2

1. Teardrops

2. Cold Blooded

3. U Bring The Freak Out

4. Ebony Eyes

5. 17

6. You Turn Me On

7. Glow

8. Moonchild

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Track List: Kickin'

1. Kickin'

2. Day And Night

3. Teach Me

4. Black And White

5. Runaway Love

6. School Me

7. Anything And Everything

8. You Got It Real Bad

9. Get Wit It

10. Rock And Roll Eyes

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Track List: Wonderful

1. Wonderful

2. Judy

3. Loosey's Rap

4. So Tight

5. Sexual Luv Affair

6. Love's Fire

7. I Believe In U

8. In The Girl's Room

9. Hypnotize

10. Sherry Baby

11. Hot Summer Nights

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Track List: The Flag

1. Freak Flag

2. Forever And A Day

3. Sweet And Sexy Thing

4. Free To Be Me

5. Save It For Me

6. Freak Flag (Cue)

7. R U Experienced

8. Funk In America/Silly Little Man

9. Slow And Easy Interlude

10. Slow And Easy

11. Rick's Raga

12. Painted Pictures

13. Freak Flag (Reprise)

14. Sweet And Sexy Thing (12" Extended Mix)

15. Forever And A Day (12" Extended Mix)

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Track List: Glow

1. Can't Stop

2. Spend The Night With Me

3. Melody Makes Me Dance

4. Somebody (The Girl's Got)

5. Glow

6. Moonchild

7. Sha La La La La (Come Back Home)

8. Rock And Roll Control

9. Glow (Reprise)

10. Glow / Glow (Reprise)

11. Spend The Night With Me (12" Extended Version)

12. 17

13. Oh What A Night (4 Luv)

14. You Turn Me On

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Track List: Cold Blooded

1. U Bring The Freak Out

2. Cold Blooded

3. Ebony Eyes (Feat. Smokey Robinson)

4. 1, 2, 3 (You Her And Me)

5. Doin' It

6. New York Town

7. P.I.M.P. The S.I.M.P. (Feat. Grandmaster Flash)

8. Tell Me (What You Want) (Feat. Billy Dee Williams)

9. Unity

10. U Bring The Freak Out (12" Extended Mix)

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Track List: Throwin' Down

1. Dance Wit' Me

2. Money Talks

3. Teardrops

4. Throwdown

5. Standing On The Top (Feat. The Temptations)

6. Hard To Get (Single Version)

7. Happy (Feat. Teena Marie)

8. She Blew My Mind (69 Times) [Single Version]

9. My Love

10. Standing On The Top (Feat. The Temptations) [12" Version]

11. Hard To Get (12" Instrumental)

12. She Blew My Mind (69 Times) [12" Extended Mix]

13. She Blew My Mind (69 Times) [12" Instrumental]

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Track List: Street Songs (Remaster)

1. Give It To Me Baby

2. Ghetto Life

3. Make Love To Me

4. Mr. Policeman

5. Super Freak

6. Fire And Desire

7. Call Me Up

8. Below The Funk (Pass The J)

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Track List: Street Songs (Deluxe Edition)

Disc 1

1. Give It To Me Baby

2. Ghetto Life

3. Make Love To Me

4. Mr. Policeman

5. Super Freak

6. Fire And Desire

7. Call Me Up

8. Below The Funk (Pass The J)

9. Give It To Me Baby

10. Give It To Me Baby (Instrumental)

11. Super Freak

12. Super Freak (Instrumental)

Disc 2

1. Introduction (Live)

2. Ghetto Life (Live)

3. Big Time (Live)

4. Come Into My Life (Live)

5. I'm A Sucker For Your Love (Live)

6. Square Biz (Live)

7. Fire It Up (Live)

8. Love Gun (Live)

9. Do You Want Some Funk? (Interlude) (Live)

10. Mary Jane (Live)

11. Super Freak (Live)

12. You And I (Live)

13. Give It To Me Baby (Live)

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Track List: Fire It Up

1. Fire It Up

2. Love Gun

3. Lovin' You Is A Pleasure

4. Love In The Night

5. Come Into My Life

6. Stormy Love

7. When Love Is Gone

8. Love Gun (12" Extended Mix)

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Track List: Bustin' Out Of L Seven

1. Bustin' Out

2. High On Your Love Suite / One Mo Hit (Of Your Love)

3. Love Interlude

4. Spacey Love

5. Cop 'N' Blow

6. Jefferson Ball

7. Fool On The Street

8. Bustin' Out (12" Extended Mix)

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Track List: Come Get It!

1. Stone City Band, Hi!

2. You And I

3. Sexy Lady

4. Dream Maker

5. Be My Lady

6. Mary Jane

7. Hollywood

8. Stone City Band, Bye!

9. You And I (Extended M+M Mix)

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"Give It To Me Baby"! Rick that bass line - again its hot. Damn Rick.
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Love Rick kicks- bass line, Ebony Eyes- all your stuff is good- thanks for sharing.Rick James....... . . . . .
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Rick love music and he put it down on the music he sang and wrote. Love that bass line in "BUSTIN OUT "! Thanks...... . . . . ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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I would like to be in an good frame of mind and focus listening to music like this, peace!
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❤❤❤❤❤❤❤
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Fire an desire was baby making music I miss Rick james
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Slick Rick master of FUNK.Yeah Boy.The king
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Rip Rick James (B**ch) Brings me back when parents would party wit friends in the 80s....
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Slick rick and the punk funk horns the best of the best
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A Buffalo Legend!
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Slick Rick and smokey tore ebony eyes up
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I worked on his telephone when he lived in east aurora ny . He seem very nice. He built a home for his parents there
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I in love with u Maury Jay
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Ricky Ricky
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Omg this song is a short nuff club banger
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It's Rick James B**ch
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⚡️♦️⚡️♦️⚡️♦️
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It gets no better then slick riiiiiiiick lol
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Slick Rick
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R.J made Funk Funkey.Give it 2 me Baby. Cold Blooded.The King
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Memories in the 805 @ the �� festival In Carpintería CA 93013 ��������
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I'm Rick James b****
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The bass line - Super Freak! Bad Rick....
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the single you and i was released may of 1977 not 1978
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Them album covers are classic.
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Lawd, Tina Marie gives me chills sing this song. Just her range alone goes to show how underrated she was.. Rip Rick James and Tina Marie.
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Rick was known for good music.
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Yea frank 6/6/2006 4 ever baby
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Rick James- the bass line in "Super Freak" - I dig it. Thanks.
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Sugar, sugar your lips tasted like sugar!! You showed love could be fire and desire !!! Loving and missing you every second of the day, my love!! Till then
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Slick Rick & Lady T Simply the Best hands down
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Don't you play no game! I'm in love with Maryjane..
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She Blew My by Rick James
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F**k your couch Eddie!
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Rip Rick
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Slick Rick- a great musician. The bass line is "BUSTIN' OUT"! Was real nice. Rick was a player in the game.
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I �� this
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SUPER FREAK ....
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This is my wife Maribel �� song xoxoxoxoxoxo x
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I'm Rick James b**ch!!! Lol..first thing i think about..
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GIVE IT TO ME BABY ... Oh yeah... Let's take it back way back ;)
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RIP Rick - love!
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They got it on this one
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James is awesome
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Love this song always sounds good every time i hear it
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