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Rick James

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Biography

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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.

Title: Urban Rapsody

Artist: Rick James

Genre: Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Funk

Title: 11:11

Artist: Rick James, Beatnick

Genre: Hip Hop/R&B, Rap

Title: Reflections

Artist: Rick James

Genre: Disco, Funk

Title: Cold Blooded

Artist: Rick James

Genre: Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Funk

Title: Rick James Forever

Artist: Rick James

Genre: Soul

Title: Cold Canyon Road

Artist: Rick James

Genre: Country

Title: The Flag

Artist: Rick James

Genre: Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Funk

Title: Kickin'

Artist: Rick James

Genre: Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Funk

Title: Wonderful

Artist: Rick James

Genre: Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Funk

Title: Name Your Price

Artist: Rick James

Genre: Hip Hop/R&B, Rap

Title: Stories

Artist: Rick James

Genre: Country

Title: Throwin' Down

Artist: Rick James

Genre: Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Funk

Title: Deeper Still

Artist: Rick James

Genre: Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Funk

Title: With Empty Hands

Artist: Rick James

Genre: Gospel

Title: Street Songs

Artist: Rick James

Genre: Hip Hop/R&B, Rap, Soul, Funk

Title: Glow

Artist: Rick James

Genre: Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Funk

Title: Fire It Up

Artist: Rick James

Genre: Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Rock, Funk

Title: Come Get It!

Artist: Rick James

Genre: Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Rock, Funk

Title: Kickin

Artist: Rick James

Genre: Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Disco, Funk

Title: No Parkink - Single

Artist: Rick James

Genre: Rock, Metal

Title: Greatest Hits

Artist: Rick James

Genre: Soul, Disco, Funk

Title: Feel So Right

Artist: Rick James

Genre: House

Collections

Title: Pure Funk

Genre: Hip Hop/R&B, Soul

Title: Bong Hits

Genre: Rock

Title: Funky Grooves CD 2

Genre: Funk

Title: 80s POP HITS CD3

Genre: Pop

Featuring albums

Title: Hot Sauce

Artist: Gary Hobbs

Genre: Latin

Title: Touch Somebody's Life

Artist: Malin

Genre: Gospel, Jazz

Title: Gold

Artist: Smokey Robinson

Genre: Hip Hop/R&B

Title: The Lost Songs

Artist: Kanye West

Genre: Hip Hop/R&B

Title: 80s Pop Hits

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Pop

Title: 80s Mixtape

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Pop

Title: 80's Big Beats

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Pop

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