Rick James Street Songs on LP
Rick James, hitmaker, singer, producer, innovator and award-winning pioneer in the fusion of funk, R&B, rock and soul was a vagrant hippie in the 1960s who wandered to Toronto, where he ended up playing with Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, only to end up a hybrid superstar in the ‘80s thanks to his hit song, “Super Freak.” An incorrigible bad boy, he has remained a legendary icon whose contributions to music can be felt in the likes of Prince, Jay Z and Snoop Dogg, among countless others.
A triple-platinum smash, James' fifth full-length album, Street Songs ranks as his greatest musical endeavor and one of the definitive R&B/funk albums of the 80s. Not only is it the original home of both of his ubiquitous singles "Give It to Me Baby" and "Super Freak," but it also contains such standout material as "Ghetto Life" and his excellent duet with Teena Marie on "Fire and Desire."
Rick James was a larger-than-life figure, a musical trailblazer who anticipated the synthesis of funk and rock with his expansive catalog. “My journey has taken me through hell and back,” he says in his autobiography Glow. “It’s all in my music – the parties, the pain, the oversized ego, the insane obsessions.”