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Photo of the Day
June 11, 2012 1:41 pm
We dug up this original photograph of Rick and the Mary Jane Girls, made out to JoJo, one of the original MJGs!  MORE
Photo of the Day
August 3, 2012 2:32 pm
Rick plays us into the weekend...  MORE
Photo of the Day
August 29, 2012 3:42 pm
Rick James at the piano...  MORE
Photo of the Day
October 22, 2012 2:27 pm
Does it get any cooler than this man? This was a Sunday comic in the Daily News, August, 1982.  MORE
Photo of the Day
October 24, 2012 3:16 pm
Rick James is cool, but his music is HOT.  MORE
Photo of the Day
November 12, 2012 4:09 pm
Rick James is right where he belongs on the cover of Cashbox Magazine!  MORE
Photo of the Day
November 19, 2012 12:41 pm
Ladies and gentlemen, Rick James and Eddie Murphy!   MORE
Photo of the Day
December 10, 2012 5:05 pm
Rick's Fender Stratocaster  MORE
Photo of the Day
December 12, 2012 12:21 pm
A little heat for your winter day...  MORE
Photo of the Day
December 19, 2012 7:44 am
Rick's Grammy® for Best Rhythm & Blues Song, "U Can't Touch This" - 1990  MORE
Photo of the Day
December 24, 2012 9:18 am
A young Rick James giving us the model pose  MORE
Super Freaky Friendly Friday
January 25, 2013 7:06 pm
Rick James and Catherine Bach snuggle up  MORE
Photo of the Day
February 6, 2013 4:33 pm
I've seen it all.... it's all about love... god is love.  MORE
Photo of the Day
March 6, 2013 2:21 pm
"Do you wanna get off this good time feelin' That I got and got a lot"  MORE
Photo of the Day
June 19, 2013 2:32 pm
Ladies, loving you is my pleasure.  MORE
Photo of the Day
June 26, 2013 3:25 pm
This must have been epic. Rob Zombie, Rick James, Ozzy Osborne!  MORE
Photo of the Day
July 8, 2013 7:49 am
And that, my friends, is what we call a complete set.  MORE
Where Are You?
July 12, 2013 7:38 am
At the corner of "Rick James" and "Best" street.  MORE
Photo of the Day
July 31, 2013 7:15 am
#Royalty: Paul Young, Iggy Pop, Rick James and David Bowie by Gene Shaw  MORE
Photo of the Day
August 16, 2013 6:50 am
Adam Ant and Rick James, 1981  MORE
Photo of the Day
August 21, 2013 7:35 am
From one guy full of big hits to another Rick and Mike Tyson  MORE
Own New Year's Eve
December 30, 2013 10:38 am
Fashion tips from Rick James for New Years Eve...  MORE
Photo of the Day
March 5, 2014 8:10 am
Back in the early days... circa 1976.  MORE
Photo of the Day
October 3, 2014 7:48 am
#FBF Rick James and Mark Fleischman, owner of the legendary Studio 54  MORE
Photo of the Day
November 5, 2014 7:51 am
No one could funk like Rick.  MORE
Quote of the Day
November 12, 2014 7:24 am
"I don't think the world is really ready for a black rock star yet. When they are ready, I'm sure they'll let me know about it." - Rick James, Dave DiMartino, Cream, 1981  MORE
Photo of the Day
December 10, 2014 7:13 am
Does it get any cooler than Rick James and Billy Dee Williams?  MORE
Keith Murphy
December 12, 2014 7:36 am
"You will get turned up from his party-starting soundtracks." - Keith Murphy on Rick James   MORE
Quote of the Day
January 7, 2015 9:27 am
"His Stone City Band, featuring his longtime saxophonist and arranger, Daniel Le'Melle, was as precise as ever, and Mr. James showed off its dynamics, sometimes conducting with a baton." - New York Times on Rick's performance at Tramps in New York City, January 1998.  MORE
#FlashBackFriday
January 16, 2015 7:21 am
Photo: Paul Young, Iggy Pop, Rick James, and David Bowie.   MORE
Quote of the Day
January 28, 2015 8:03 am
"My productions usually start with a bass line of my invention. Because I think in bass, my songs are born from the bottom up." - Rick James in "Glow".  MORE
Quote of the Day
February 2, 2015 8:29 am
"Rick James doesn't really need a partner - he could almost duet with his own ego. But he didn't go wrong with Teena Marie." - Michael Musto, Music Views & Reviews October 8th, 1984  MORE
Quote of the Day
February 4, 2015 8:23 am
"I keep it in mind it could end at any time." - Rick James to Louise Leiker (Courier Express Writer), Buffalo Musician Rick James Hits Big Time  MORE
Quote of the Day
February 9, 2015 7:44 am
"There are not a lot of black artists making statements and I think that's wrong, there should be more. So I think me and Prince are opening up that void." - Rick James #BlackHistoryMonthJonathan Takiff, LIVE! This Week, Punk Funk's Man Puts Life to Music  MORE
Today In History
February 10, 2015 1:54 pm
Rick made one of his many appearances on Don Kirschner's Rock Concert today in 1979.  MORE
Today In History
February 11, 2015 7:34 am
The infamous Chappelle Show episode featuring "Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories - Rick James" aired today in 2004.  MORE
Quote of the Day
February 13, 2015 7:31 am
"My music is pretty honest. I can't rap on science fiction. Punk is from the street." - Rick James, Desert Sun, "James high priest of punk funk", Sep 7 1979  MORE
Quote of the Day
February 16, 2015 8:19 am
"Better than pure cocaine, better than dripping-wet pussy, better than anything - the fact that I had a certified hit record was the best news I'd ever received." Rick James on You and I  MORE
Quote of the Day
February 23, 2015 7:37 am
"The brothas would have me singing their favorite Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett songs." - Rick James on his time behind bars in Canada.  MORE
Quote of the Day
February 27, 2015 7:38 am
"[Punk] is rebellious, it's sensual, it's dancing music, it's whatever you want it to be, but it speaks the truth and it's about me." Desert Sun, "James high priest of punk funk", Sep 7 1979  MORE
Funk Fact
March 6, 2015 7:38 am
Growin' Up in the Ghetto: As a kid, Rick was a self-proclaimed car thief and street fighter.  MORE
Some Trivia for Our Fans
March 9, 2015 8:42 am
Who convinced James Johnson Jr. to change his name to Rick James?  MORE
Right On!
March 11, 2015 7:49 am
Right On! refers to the summer of 1981 as the summer Rick James "came to town." Any of you lucky enough to catch him at one of the sold out shows on the Street Songs tour?  MORE
Quote of the Day
March 20, 2015 7:24 am
"He's crazy like a fox, an uneasy combination of brashness and surprising sensitivity, mixed in with the love of centerstage that's so natural in a genuine ham." - Right On!  MORE
Quote of the Day
March 23, 2015 7:29 am
"When I'm about Rick James, it's all about get out there and kill 'em." - Rick James, Right On Salutes: Rick James, February 1982  MORE
Quote of the Day
March 25, 2015 7:25 am
"Anybody that's old and closed-minded does not like Rick James... They don't like the fact that I'm free and I'm wide open." - Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
March 27, 2015 7:28 am
"That's why kids like me so much. I become an extension of their alter ego. Kids that don't even smoke grass like 'Mary Jane,' and they understand what it's about." - Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
March 30, 2015 8:06 am
"I get some letters from girls that if their mothers knew what they were writing me these letters, they'd get their butts whipped." - Rick James (Right On Salutes: Rick James, February 1982)  MORE
Photo of the Day
April 1, 2015 7:50 am
Rick and Kanye, just hanging out  MORE
Eddie Murphy
April 3, 2015 7:37 am
Happy Birthday Eddie Murphy!  MORE
Quote of the Day
April 6, 2015 3:03 pm
"After putting out his first album, artists wanted Rick to open for them, but he turned them down because he wanted to headline his own tour. They told Rick to take advantage because he may never have another hit. Rick's reply: 'I said if that's the case I'll just be broke. Because you have not seen the last of Rick James.'" - Mark Lundahl, Sun Staff  MORE
Photo of the Day
April 20, 2015 7:33 am
Rick fans, caption this!  MORE
Quote of the Day
April 22, 2015 7:11 am
"I think the people are just looking for freedom in music... There's a lot of she-bop she-bop going on out there. Maybe they're tired of that same old thing." - Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
April 24, 2015 7:30 am
"When they see us, it's something unusual, something different." -Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
April 27, 2015 7:54 am
"I don't try to hide sex in my music. Music is very sexual. I don't hide it." - Rick James, Mark Lundahl, Sun Staff, Rick James puts on fireworks  MORE
Quote of the Day
April 29, 2015 7:30 am
Rick reminds us of the struggles on the road to success: "I was in Europe, playing music and starving. I was in Canada, playing music and starving." - Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
May 1, 2015 11:54 am
"What Rick James risked, he risked in full knowledge of the hazards, all of the hazards. He was that rare being with the courage to be exactly who he was." - Los Angeles Review of Books  MORE
Quote of the Day
May 6, 2015 7:24 am
"I went for it. I told my party-loving lawyer that I wanted to do something big. I wanted a big band. I wanted to paint on a large canvas. To realize the sounds in my head I needed lots of players." - Rick James  MORE
USA Today
May 8, 2015 7:43 am
"...James helped forge a sub-genre I like to characterize as "baroque funk," which between the late 1970s and mid-1980s amalgamated mainstream rock's gaudier theatrical motifs with down-and-dirty rhythm-and-blues riffs; a crossover innovation still filtering through Hip Hop Nation's precincts." - USA Today, 2014  MORE
Quote of the Day
May 15, 2015 6:42 am
"James and his band looked like conquering, pillaging Vikings; all naturally over 6 feet tall and with prerequisite platform boots that only added to their towering frame." - Vibe Magazine  MORE
Quote of the Day
May 18, 2015 6:54 am
"Everything's an influence on me. Catholicism, Buddhist and Tibetan writings, Martin Luther King. I spend a lot of time at the ranch reading. I'm just happy when things are moving in a positive direction, when they're running smooth." - Rick to NME, 1984  MORE
Quote of the Day
May 20, 2015 7:23 am
"I'd always thought that if Hendrix, who went from straight-up R & B to white rock, could do it, why not me? We were both black hippies." - Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
May 25, 2015 12:08 pm
"A lot of black musicians limit themselves to just R&B or Jazz and they don't get off into the classics, for example - or folk music. There aren't too many Funk performers who would even know who Robert Johnson is, for example! - Rick James speaking with Blues & Soul, 1979  MORE
Toronto
May 27, 2015 10:26 am
I saw Joni Mitchell in little clubs, playing her guitar and singing her life-experience songs. Shed come to hear me as well and was always encouraging. Same thing was true of Kenny Rogers, David Clayton-Thomas, Gordon Lightfoot, and Neil Young. Every one of these cats respected the African-American musical tradition. They drew from it. And they let me know I was a part of it. - Rick James on life in Toronto.  MORE
Quote of the Day
June 15, 2015 7:42 am
"I don't think I promote sexual promiscuity. I promote sexuality... I think there's a difference." - Rick James  MORE
Turn the TV Off
June 17, 2015 7:56 am
Rick James doesnt care if you think his videos are too provocative. "You too straight for it? Then don't watch it. Turn the TV off."  MORE
Quote of the Day
July 1, 2015 4:05 pm
"Not only was I back making hits, I was making history. Motown hadn't seen sales like this since the days of Stevie's Songs in the Key of Life. I had reclaimed my glow - and then some." - Rick James   MORE
Money Talks
July 6, 2015 7:56 am
"What about the war and destitute, Well, they don't matter, They do not compute" - Rick James "Money Talks"  MORE
Mary Jane
July 10, 2015 8:07 am
"'Mary Jane' was about my love affair with pot. I wrote the song on Fender bass. Peter Tosh was much on my mind. Once I got in the studio, I added an unfinished rock piece as an intro. Then I added flutes and, toward the end, broke it down to reggae. That rhythm guitar ain't nothing but a James Brown thang." - Rick James   MORE
Summer Love
July 17, 2015 7:46 am
"I can feel your summer love comin' on, So warm and hot girl, I beg you don't stop, Could this be love that I'm going through" - Rick James "Summer Love"  MORE
Quote of the Day
July 22, 2015 7:43 am
"One of the cool things about the Beatles was how they emulated other groups they loved - the Beach Boys, the Everly Brothers, even the Marvelettes. I did the same thing in putting together what I saw as my funk/dance masterpiece." - Rick James  MORE
#FlashbackFriday
July 24, 2015 7:54 am
Rick with Bernadette Peters.  MORE
Love Gun
July 27, 2015 8:33 am
"Girl if you like what you see, And you want to be with me, Baby, shoot me, With your love gun" - Rick James "Love Gun"  MORE
Quote of the Day
July 29, 2015 1:41 pm
"Part of the sound that I have been credited with comes from being able to change my sound. I don't feel I have one sound and I consciously try for a lot of different sounds." - Rick James speaking with Blues & Soul in 1979  MORE
Quote of the Day
July 31, 2015 8:27 am
"Wasn't long before I was being called the King of Punk Funk. I came up with the label because I related to the riotous spirit of English punk groups like the Sex Pistols, who had been touring the U.S. about the same time as the release of my first records." - Rick James  MORE
Photo of the Day
August 7, 2015 10:37 am
Rick, Luther, and Quincy   MORE
David Letterman
August 10, 2015 10:18 am
"James Johnson's kind of laid back. He likes one woman at a time. Rick James is 'C'mon girls. Gimme, gimme, gimme.'" - Rick James on the David Letterman Show in 1982  MORE
Today In History
August 12, 2015 8:56 am
Today in 1984, from the archives: Rick posing with one of his acts, Process and the Doo-Rags   MORE
Quote of the Day
August 17, 2015 8:42 am
"I'm still a juvenile delinquent. I haven't gotten out of it, only perfected it." - Rick James  MORE
Happy Birthday Nate Dogg
August 19, 2015 7:29 am
Happy Birthday Nate Dogg! Photo of Rick, Nate, and Snoop D O double G.  MORE
Quote of the Day
August 21, 2015 5:38 am
"Our image is all about freedom. Getting high. Having a good time. It's like a big party." - Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
August 26, 2015 7:38 am
"When you don't got nothing, you don't got nothing to lose." - Rick on the freedom of his early days  MORE
This Week In History
September 4, 2015 8:08 am
This week in 1981 Rick and Teena lit up Madison Square Garden...  MORE
Quote of the Day
September 9, 2015 7:14 am
"If he were strictly in it for the money, he would not be as good as he is." - Berry Gordy Jr.  MORE
Photo of the Day
September 11, 2015 12:59 pm
Rick, Mr. T, Donny Osmond on the set of The A-Team  MORE
Quote of the Day
September 14, 2015 7:51 am
"I am the music I make." - Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
September 16, 2015 7:02 am
"Rick James is the baddest-looking dude in rock & roll, and don't try to tell him otherwise." - Rolling Stone, 1982  MORE
Quote of the Day
September 21, 2015 7:43 am
"I earn a lot more money now for doing just the same thing I've always done." - Rick James addressing critics who claim he sold out.  MORE
Quote of the Day
September 28, 2015 7:45 am
"That hour and a half on stage makes up for all the politics and that whole bureaucratic trip that goes on in the record business... that hour and a half is freedom." - Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
September 30, 2015 2:20 pm
"Those who know him best will tell you that the craziness is balanced out by the fact that Rick James is a sensitive soul, a nice guy who doesn't forget a friend." - Right On! Magazine 1982  MORE
Quote of the Day
October 7, 2015 10:59 am
"I don't ever want to look at a concert as work." - Rick James to Bill Crandal, Rolling Stone 2002  MORE
Quote of the Day
October 9, 2015 2:02 am
"[Super Freak] was inspired by the lifestyle that I was living." - Rick James Shares His Street Smarts By Graig Seymour, October 19 2001  MORE
This Week in History
October 19, 2015 9:36 am
This week in 1981, Street Songs was finally knocked out of 1st place on the Billboards Top R&B Albums. After 20 weeks at #1, it was time to give someone else a shot.  MORE
Quote of the Day
October 23, 2015 8:40 am
"My career has always been based on me being as honest as I can." - Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
November 2, 2015 9:24 am
"I'm down with the ghetto; pimps and hos'; dope dealers; getting high; having a good time and dancing; crying; making love; not wanting to make love; being too high to make love; the police, and player haters who called me a (expletive) because I'm rich and I look good and I got a lot of women and cars." - Rick James Shares His Street Smarts By Graig Seymour, October 19 2001  MORE
The A-Team
November 4, 2015 9:09 am
Tomorrow marks the 30th anniversary of Rick's episode of The A-Team, The Heart of Rock 'N' Roll.   MORE
Saturday Night Live
November 6, 2015 8:28 am
Rick and the Stone City Band were the featured musical guests on Saturday Night Live this weekend in 1981.   MORE
Quote of the Day
November 9, 2015 7:19 am
"To me, a freak was an uninhibited woman. It wasn't meant as a bad connotation. It's complimentary. It just means being sexually open and not constricted." - Rick James Shares His Street Smarts By Graig Seymour, October 19 2001  MORE
Quote of the Day
November 11, 2015 8:54 am
"The ghetto's not going anywhere. Ghettos are going to be around until the end of time." - Rick James Shares His Street Smarts By Graig Seymour, October 19 2001  MORE
Quote of the Day
November 13, 2015 8:00 am
"'Street Songs' is the story of a young brother growing up in the ghetto trying to get over the best way he can." - Rick James Shares His Street Smarts By Graig Seymour, October 19 2001  MORE
Quote of the Day
November 16, 2015 9:10 am
"I bought cars for everybody, clothes and Lear jets... That was my way of showing love." - Rick James  MORE
Hello
November 20, 2015 7:36 am
Rick and Lionel. "Is it me you're looking for?"  MORE
Quote of the Day
November 25, 2015 8:15 am
"I do jazz things, I do Latin things, I do classical things, I do rock things. I do folk things, I do blues things and funk things. It's an amalgamation of all those musics and different songs." - Rick James  MORE
Jamaica World Festival
November 27, 2015 10:35 am
Backstage shots at the Jamaica World Festival (November 27, 1982): http://gtty.im/1WenXTI
Photo of the Day
November 30, 2015 8:15 am
Rick James, Duckie Simpson, Sly Dunbar  MORE
The Incredible Rick James
December 2, 2015 1:57 pm
That would explain all of his smash hits...  MORE
Quote of the Day
December 7, 2015 8:15 am
Rick got into production and writing early on to plan for life after singing on stage: "I'm getting a little too old for this stuff. I don't wanna be running around [age] 55, 60 singing Super Freak." - Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
December 14, 2015 9:10 am
"I'm always gonna stay down for the real." - Rick James  MORE
Old School Radio
December 16, 2015 9:01 am
"The largest radio stations are old school. What does that tell you?" - Rick James. What stations bump old school jams in your area?  MORE
Quote of the Day
December 21, 2015 8:56 am
Rick talking about the feeling in music: "I want my soul moved, you know what I'm saying? I don't just want to be tickled!"  MORE
Photo of the Day
December 23, 2015 8:45 am
That time Rick photobombed a heartwarming Christmas moment.  MORE
Mary Jane Girls
December 28, 2015 7:05 am
"Mary Jane Girls is a great concept and they have some great music. I'm not putting myself on a pedestal or anything, but "All Night Long" still stands... When a song stands, that tells you what time it is." - Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
January 4, 2016 12:06 pm
"Those agents that book me on these tours, they're making a pile of money off me. But when I had an album that didn't sell I can't find the mothers! Where were they then?" - Rick on the music biz, Lloyd Bradley, NME, April 1982  MORE
Prince
January 6, 2016 7:09 am
NME: "Did Prince's sound have anything to do with [the Cold Blooded sound]?" Rick James: "I don't wanna even talk about Prince." - Barney Hoskyns, NME, 14 April 1  MORE
David Bowie
January 8, 2016 7:49 am
Happy birthday David Bowie!  MORE
Quote of the Day
January 11, 2016 8:21 am
"At age thirteen, [Rick James] started making a habit of stealing Chevies. 'Guy's got to have some fun,' he would say. 'I need a car. I have women on the other side of town. I have to see them.'" - Rolling Stone  MORE
Quote of the Day
January 15, 2016 8:51 am
"In the old days, our main thing was to take black music to the highest height we could, and to give people strong lyrical content and give people strong beats and rhythm." - Rick James  MORE
Take it from Rick's mother, she knew him best,
January 18, 2016 8:20 am
"I mean 'Ghetto Life' is his life... he did hang out around the corner with the boys. That's his life."  MORE
Quote of the Day
January 20, 2016 8:33 am
"He is one of the most wonderful most soulful people you would ever want to meet." - Berry Gordy Jr.  MORE
This Week in History
January 25, 2016 8:48 am
Bustin' Out hit shelves this week in 1979.  MORE
Quote of the Day
January 27, 2016 9:07 am
"Growing up Rick always wanted something better for himself: "Lots of cars, lots of clothes, lots of women. Being recognized all over the place... All that bullshit that never comes true. But this time it did." - Rolling Stone, 1982  MORE
#FlashbackFriday
January 29, 2016 8:24 am
Rick with San Francisco music scene legend Don Wehr  MORE
Quote of the Day
February 3, 2016 8:14 am
"Rick James carried the banner of black pop over that fertile territory known as funk." - David Ritz  MORE
NBA All-Star Weekend
February 11, 2016 9:54 pm
NBA All-Star Weekend kicks off tonight. Here's a little preview of the jerseys.  MORE
Quote of the Day
February 15, 2016 11:36 am
"A Superfreak in the Garden of Love - Rick James." - Dave Thompson, Funk, 2001  MORE
Quote of the Day
February 22, 2016 9:00 am
"Blacks have been suppressed for so long that they're a little apprehensive. Me? I'm not afraid of shit!" - Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
February 24, 2016 8:51 am
"They didn't call it a crew back then, but Rick James had one; he never went anywhere without the boys in his band." - Mike Sager  MORE
Photo of the Day
February 26, 2016 2:48 pm
The #RedCarpet ain't what it used to be.   MORE
Quote of the Day
February 29, 2016 1:30 pm
"Our image is all about freedom. Getting high. Having a good time. It's like a big party." - Rick James, San Bernardino Sun 1981  MORE
Quote of the Day
March 2, 2016 9:58 am
"His eroticism was raw. He was an early gangsta of love." - Dave Ritz  MORE
Quote of the Day
March 9, 2016 7:52 am
"At age thirteen, [Rick James] started making a habit of stealing Chevies. He would say, 'I need a car. I have women on the other side of town. I have to see them.'" - Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 1982  MORE
Quote of the Day
March 11, 2016 7:59 am
"Motown's most successful post-Detroit star was an authentic livewire, simmering over with throbbing testosterone." - NPR's Jason King on Rick James  MORE
Berry Gordy Jr. on Rick
March 14, 2016 9:54 am
"He is one of the most wonderful most soulful people you would ever want to meet." - Berry Gordy Jr.  MORE
#WayBackWednesday
March 16, 2016 9:55 am
What could $7.50 get you in 1980? A ticket to the best damn concert in you could ever ask for.   MORE
Quote of the Day
March 18, 2016 1:06 pm
Rick James talks about sobering up: "No drugs, no alcohol - though I still smoke my Mary Jane!"  MORE
Quote of the Day
March 21, 2016 9:06 am
"Rick James first came to mainstream success in 1978, but he never really went through a disco phase: He had funk in his marrow." - Mike Sager  MORE
Quote of the Day
March 23, 2016 8:38 am
"Success changes everybody. But not [me] too much. Maybe I'm crazier!" - Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
March 28, 2016 8:43 am
"His long braids dusted with glitter, he strode the stage in thigh-high boots and spandex, crouching to accept joints and kisses from his adoring fans." - Mike Sager  MORE
Quote of the Day
March 30, 2016 9:18 am
"As the seventies melted into the eighties, Rick was bad, superbad, the baddest of the bad." - David Ritz  MORE
Photo of the Day
April 1, 2016 3:23 pm
Rick's fashion advice. #UnWave  MORE
Rick James Live
April 4, 2016 2:23 pm
When you went to one of Rick's shows, you sure as hell got your money's worth: "Lights flashed, music crashed, bombs exploded, and giant joints rolled on stage."  MORE
Photo of the Day
April 6, 2016 9:38 am
Nice try, Kim Kardashian West and Khloe Kardashian, but nobody can top Rick's braids.  MORE
Quote of the Day
April 6, 2016 2:03 pm
"'Street Songs' is the story of a young brother growing up in the ghetto trying to get over the best way he can." - Rick James Shares His Street Smarts By Graig Seymour, October 19 2001  MORE
Quote of the Day
April 8, 2016 11:13 am
Super Freak was just "a silly song that had a bit of new wave texture to it." - Rick James, Musician Magazine, 1983  MORE
Fashion Icons
April 11, 2016 9:40 am
These two wrote the book on self-expression - Grace Jones & Rick James, #OldSchoolCool  MORE
Photo of
April 22, 2016 9:02 am
We all have that one friend...  MORE
Photo of the Day
April 25, 2016 8:57 am
The original Slick Rick.  MORE
Photo of the Day
April 27, 2016 8:21 am
Happy Birthday, Iggy Pop!  MORE
Photo of the Day
April 29, 2016 7:47 am
Rick James in the studio working with Eddie Murphy on his album.  MORE
Photo of the Day
May 2, 2016 9:28 am
When you and your friend see a Super Freak walking into the club.  MORE
Quote of the Day
May 4, 2016 5:09 pm
"I put a very operatic vocal structure on [my music] 'cause I'm really into opera and classical music." - Rick James  MORE
Photo of the Day
May 9, 2016 3:19 pm
Whatever you do, don't take a very kinky girl home to mama this Sunday for Mother's Day.  MORE
Quote of the Day
May 11, 2016 12:51 pm
"Outrageous, unmanageable, both benefactor and victim of his own inexhaustible energy." -Dave Ritz  MORE
Grace Jones
May 19, 2016 12:46 pm
Happy Birthday, Grace Jones!  MORE
Quote of the Day
May 25, 2016 1:51 pm
"I was a black cat traveling with a white chick." - Rick James  MORE
#FlashbackFriday
May 27, 2016 8:40 pm
Music legends Rick James, Luther Vandross, and Quincy Jones. #FlashbackFriday #OldSchoolCool  MORE
#FlashbackFriday
May 27, 2016 8:40 pm
Music legends Rick James, Luther Vandross, and Quincy Jones. #FlashbackFriday #OldSchoolCool  MORE
Quote of the Day
May 30, 2016 2:18 pm
"I'd always thought that if Hendrix could do it, why not me?" - Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
June 1, 2016 10:20 pm
"My songs are danceable, happy, dramatic." - Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
June 6, 2016 9:44 am
"To realize the sounds in my head I needed lots of players." - Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
June 8, 2016 8:37 am
"Who else could get away with such a wonderful outfit?" - Don Cornelius to Rick on "Soul Train."  MORE
Quote of the Day
June 15, 2016 8:27 am
"There are so many different ways that the spirit comes to me in music… when the spirit moves you, the music grooves you." - Rick James  MORE
Because it's the first day of Summer:
June 20, 2016 8:21 am
"Now Donna Summer isn't a disco artiste - she's Crisco! She's oiled all the way so she goes disco, popsco, MORsco." - Rick James, John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 1979  MORE
Quote of the Day
June 22, 2016 3:11 pm
"A lot of the stuff I write is just everyday stuff. I don't write anything I can't relate to." - Rick James  MORE
#FlashbackFriday
June 24, 2016 7:06 am
Rick on the cover of Waxpoetics in 2007.   MORE
Quote of the Day
June 27, 2016 8:41 am
Growing up on the streets of Buffalo, NY prepared Rick for everything the music biz could throw at him: "Being streetwise, I figured I'd find my way around, long as I was patient." - Rick James  MORE
"The Message"
July 1, 2016 6:34 am
"’The Message' is one of my favorite rap songs of all time." - Rick James. Grand Master Flash and The Furious Five dropped "The Message" as a single today in 1982. The two would later collaborate on "P.I.M.P. the S.I.M.P." off "Cold Blooded."  MORE
Quote of the Day
July 4, 2016 7:04 am
"After I saw Kiss on stage, I wanted my show to look like the Fourth of July." - Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
July 6, 2016 6:27 am
"Rick James propels Motown into the '80s with rhythm, rock and attitude, but that’s because he already knows about convention - and how to ignore it." - Motown  MORE
Quote of the Day
July 11, 2016 8:26 am
"I felt like I could lead the world in new musical directions." - Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
July 13, 2016 7:12 am
"If even half the stories in Rick James's new autobiography, 'Glow,' are true, then James led one of the most epic rock lives ever." - Rolling Stone, July 2014  MORE
“Big Time”
July 15, 2016 8:31 am
"I'm living in the big time, big time!" - Rick James, "Big Time". Listen here: http://found.ee/RickJamesBigTime  MORE
This Week in History
July 20, 2016 9:17 am
Rick performed at Soldier Field in Chicago this week in 1980. Where you there?  MORE
#FlashBackFriday
July 22, 2016 7:32 am
Deep from the archives: Rick played with a number of acts before finding his sound with the Stone City Band. Here is Rick James & Hot Lips.   MORE
Quote of the Day
July 27, 2016 8:44 am
"I wanted John Coltrane's sacred spirit and Jackie Wilson’s sexual energy… I wanted to be honored like Trane as a great artist and be worshipped like Jackie as a great lover. I wanted it all." - Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
July 29, 2016 10:00 am
"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." - MTV  MORE
Quote of the Day
August 10, 2016 9:20 am
"Rick James, Roger Troutman, Parliament, Prince, of course... those guys right there really changed the sound of the ’80s. The ripples of their sound is still being felt today." - Fred Wreck  MORE
Photo of the Day
August 12, 2016 1:31 pm
Talking 'bout ghetto life  MORE
Happy birthday Nate Dogg!
August 19, 2016 6:57 am
Rick in the studio with Bobby Womack, Val Young, Snoop Dogg, and Nate Dogg...  MORE
Off the Wall
August 22, 2016 6:37 pm
Here's an interesting comparison from Dave 1: "To me, 'Street Song's is 'Off the Wall's' evil twin." What do y'all think?  MORE
Song of the Day
August 26, 2016 12:36 pm
"Brother, sister, there's got to be UNITY" - Rick James, Unity. Listen here: http://found.ee/Unity  MORE
Quote of the Day
August 31, 2016 8:15 am
"Rick James's attitude gave punch and realness to his records. It's a part of his music, perfectly balanced; it's a whole." - Pee Thugg  MORE
Quote of the Day
August 31, 2016 8:15 am
"Rick James's attitude gave punch and realness to his records. It's a part of his music, perfectly balanced; it's a whole." - Pee Thugg  MORE
Quote of the Day
September 2, 2016 4:23 pm
"Rick James is the baddest-looking dude in rock & roll, and don't try to tell him otherwise." - Rolling Stone, 1982  MORE
#FlashbackFriday
September 9, 2016 11:01 am
Rick with Won-G, William "Bootsy" Collins, and JAY Z.   MORE
Quote of the Day
September 12, 2016 8:41 am
"James' funky guitar and soft, but boisterous voice, made him an out of the box smash in the R&B and funk world, and in the process, pulled Motown Records from a creative and commercial nose-dive." - AXS.com  MORE
Quote of the Day
September 14, 2016 9:14 am
"A striking figure both on and off stage, Rick is built like a fighter and his beaded corn-row hairstyle (of the African tribe, Masai) makes him distinctive from all others." - Blues & Soul, September 1978  MORE
Quote of the Day
September 16, 2016 7:54 am
"The Motown producers were not only the best in the business, but they worked nonstop and were fiercely competitive. I liked that vibe. Only the strong survived." - Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
September 19, 2016 8:22 am
"Categorizing Rick James isn't as easy as one might think." - MOJO, September 2002  MORE
#FlashbackFriday
September 23, 2016 7:29 am
Rick with Isaac Hayes on the set of "The A-Team."  MORE
Quote of the Day
September 28, 2016 7:30 am
"Rick James is all come-on, all egocentric hedonism, and he makes humpy, very alive party-rock." - Creem, September 1982  MORE
Quote of the Day
September 30, 2016 7:03 am
"We fell into a beautiful collaboration. The songs just flowed." - Rick on his collaboration with Teena Marie.   MORE
Mary Jane
October 5, 2016 12:11 pm
"She's my main thang." - Rick James on "Mary Jane."  MORE
Photo of the Day
October 7, 2016 2:14 pm
How can one man exude so much FUNK?  MORE
#KingOfPunkFunk
October 10, 2016 11:12 am
Rick James wrote half of the ‘Mary Jane Girls’ album in one day, including "Jealousy" and "You Are My Heaven" in about five minutes each.   MORE
Quote of the Day
October 19, 2016 7:32 am
"James' records are as creative and musically substantial as anything you might care to compare them to." - Musician Magazine, 1983  MORE
Big Time
October 21, 2016 7:56 am
"He was born to funk! He was born to funk 'n' roll in the Big Time!" - Rick James on "Big Time"  MORE
Fashion
October 26, 2016 7:19 am
Black leather, blue leather, red leather, white leather… Rick James had one helluva closet.  MORE
Happy Halloween
October 28, 2016 9:29 am
Have a Super Freaky Halloween Weekend!  MORE
Halloween
October 31, 2016 8:13 am
We expect to see some Rick James costumes out on the streets!  MORE
Quote of the Day
November 2, 2016 11:59 am
The Rick James persona differed greatly from his lifestyle out of the spotlight: "James Johnson's kind of laid back. He likes one woman at a time. Rick James is... gimme, gimme, gimme.'" - Rick James on David Letterman, 1982  MORE
#FlashbackFriday
November 4, 2016 9:01 am
Nobody parties like Rick! Rick and the Mary Jane Girls, 1984.   MORE
Today in History
November 7, 2016 7:41 am
Rick brought the streets of Buffalo to Saturday Night Live on this night in 1981.  MORE
Quote of the Day
November 9, 2016 9:30 am
"I do jazz things, I do Latin things, I do classical things, I do rock things. I do folk things, I do blues things and funk things." - Rick James  MORE
Caption This
November 11, 2016 10:01 am
Rick James and Laura Branigan at the Frankie Crocker Awards. #FlashbackFriday  MORE
Quote of the Day
November 14, 2016 7:58 am
For all those L7 squares who say Rick James sold out: "I earn a lot more money now for doing just the same thing I've always done." - Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
November 18, 2016 7:39 am
"The imagination he brought to his music video concepts… were always infused with his personality. So his stuff had a way of just being totally infectious." - Susan DePasse  MORE
Chappelle Show
November 23, 2016 10:05 am
Eddie Murphy on the Chappelle Show: "That show isn't on anymore and they're still playing [Rick's] music. That might have played a part in his persona and iconography, but his music has lived on."  MORE
#FBF
November 25, 2016 8:27 am
You may think you're cool, but you'll never be "Rick James hanging out on the sideline at Bills game with heavyweight champ Leon Spinks" cool.  MORE
Happy Birthday...
November 28, 2016 9:24 am
Happy birthday Berry Gordy!  MORE
Rick Fact
November 30, 2016 9:43 am
Rick James did his live shows like they were giant parties. He used to throw joints into the crowd at his shows.  MORE
Bustin' Out
8:32 am
"Well, alright you squares it's time we smoked. Get on up this funk and let's have a toke."  MORE
#PunkFunk
December 5, 2016 9:13 am
"Punk is someone who says what's on his mind and who doesn't take no shit." - Rick James   MORE
Quote of the Day
December 7, 2016 10:26 am
"Tooting a fat line - in a music exec's office, in the studio, or at practically any party - was as acceptable as drinking a beer." - Rick James in "Glow"  MORE
Quote of the Day
December 9, 2016 9:13 am
"At age thirteen, [Rick James] started making a habit of stealing Chevies. 'Guy's got to have some fun,' he would say. 'I need a car. I have women on the other side of town. I have to see them.'" - Rolling Stone  MORE
Quote of the Day
December 12, 2016 10:23 am
"I could define my 'concept,' but not my sound." - Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
December 14, 2016 11:51 am
"I think I'm a musician who writes for people as opposed to being self-indulgent. I have to like it, but it's basically for people. I concentrate on that, giving them what I think they can dance to and what I think they would appreciate in their ears." - Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
December 16, 2016 8:50 am
"With my pockets full of cash, I moved into party mode. The party went on for six months in L.A. Living in high-class hotels, we stayed high and lived large." - Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
December 21, 2016 7:25 am
"Our image is all about freedom. Getting high. Having a good time. It's like a big party." - Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
December 23, 2016 8:26 am
"I'm a pussycat, but if you fuck with me I'm a black panther." - Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
December 26, 2016 8:24 am
"You ain't gotta wear [much] clothes, you wear a pair of jeans and you go for it." - Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
December 28, 2016 9:08 am
"A friend took me to a party given by some straitlaced government officials. Next to them, with my long hair, earrings, black leather pants, and red boots, I looked like Freddy the Freak. I didn't give a shit." - Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
December 30, 2016 9:18 am
"To me, a freak was an uninhibited woman. It wasn't meant as a bad connotation. It's complimentary. It just means being sexually open and not constricted." - Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
January 2, 2017 10:43 am
"Every album I do will always be different." - Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
January 4, 2017 8:22 am
"Maybe I'll always be a punk." - Rick James   MORE
Quote of the Day
January 6, 2017 8:36 am
"Me? I'm not afraid of shit! I will tell you what the deal is and be very open." - Rick James   MORE
Super Freak
January 9, 2017 8:02 am
"I wanted to write a silly song. I was in the studio and everything else for the album ('Street Songs') was done. I just put 'Super Freak' together really quickly. I wanted a silly song that had a bit of new wave texture to it. So I just came up with this silly little lick and expounded on it." - Rick James on writing "Super Freak."  MORE
Quote of the Day
January 11, 2017 5:13 pm
"'Street Songs' won Dick Clark's American Music Award. Dick threw an after-party. I took my Mom as my date." - Rick James.   MORE
Quote of the Day
January 13, 2017 9:30 am
"When the party got under way, those suit-and-tie squares started snorting coke and smoking weed like fiends. I was happy to see that even the U.S. government cats liked to get down." - Rick James  MORE
Meme of the Day
January 16, 2017 10:04 am
"It happened at a wild party where I was looking for lust, not love." - Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
January 18, 2017 7:44 am
“I still found myself devouring women as obsessively as I devoured blow, bouncing from one crazed celebrity party to another, living off adulation, pride, chemical-fueled ego." - Rick James opening up about his life.   MORE
Song of the Day
January 20, 2017 7:51 am
"I'm in love with Mary Jane. I'm not the only one. If Mary wanna play around, I let her have her fun." - Mary Jane  MORE
Ice Cube
January 23, 2017 7:03 am
"'Street Songs’ is kind of like the first gangster record... It was the most hard-core record you could get at the time." - Ice Cube  MORE
Turn up the Funk
January 25, 2017 6:42 am
"When we were kids, we couldn’t wait until your mama left the house so you could really bump the record." - Rick James  MORE
Street Songs
January 27, 2017 8:05 am
"It wasn’t an alienating record. It invited everybody in." - DJ Quik on "Street Songs"  MORE
Quote of the Day
January 30, 2017 10:24 am
"Nobody partied like Rick James." - Pamela Des Barres, Rock Bottom  MORE
How are you getting funky and fresh for Rick’s 69th birthday today?
February 1, 2017 7:48 am
"James led one of the most epic rock lives ever." - Gavin Edwards, Rolling Stone.   MORE
Quote of the Day
February 3, 2017 10:17 am
"Our image is all about freedom. Getting high. Having a good time. It's like a big party." - Rick James  MORE
Eddie Murphy on Rick
February 8, 2017 7:05 am
"One of my best early memories is that time with Rick James. The whole way I record, I learned from Rick James. I learned how to produce music from hanging around Rick James." - Eddie Murphy to Billboard, 2013   MORE
Quote of the Day
February 10, 2017 7:36 am
"I still found myself devouring women as obsessively as I devoured blow, bouncing from one crazed celebrity party to another, living off adulation, pride, chemical-fueled ego." - Rick James.  MORE
Quote of the Day
February 13, 2017 7:00 am
"My teacher said I would either be a hoodlum, or a great entertainer." - Rick James   MORE
Quote of the Day
February 15, 2017 6:44 am
"Now is my time. Everything I've done up to this point is just a warm up. This is where it all begins." - Rick James   MORE
Quote of the Day
February 17, 2017 6:40 am
“I mean, Rick James was just a man-made image, the image I created. Just trying to live Rick James almost killed me.” - Rick James  MORE
Give It To Me Baby
February 20, 2017 7:21 am
“Give me that stuff. That funk. That sweet, that funky stuff.”   MORE


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