“king of punk funk”, for his mix of funk, soul and underground-inspired rock music. James Ambrose Johnson AKA Rick James’ contribution to music will always be remembered. In addition to his own success with songs such as ‘Super Freak’ and ‘Give it to me baby’ James emerged as a successful songwriter and producer for other artists, such as Teena Marie, The Mary Jane Girls, The Temptations, Eddie Murphy and Smokey Robinson.
During his 40-year music career, Rick James sold more than 50 million albums but in the age of the internet meme James is another legend.
As on this day, February 10, 2003, one phrase over-shadow Rick James illustrious legacy.
“I’m Rick James, Bitch!”
Apparently, before a performance at the Vibe Awards on this day February 10th 2003 some young girl had seen Rick James backstage and had mistaken him for the local help – needless to say, Rick must have been pissed since he later insulted the girl live on stage.
The phrase became even more popular when In early 2004, James participated in a comedy sketch on Chappelle’s Show, in a segment called “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories”. James and Murphy recounted humorous stories of their experiences together during the early 1980s. During the sketch, James’ character, played by Dave Chappelle, utters the now famous catchphrase, “I’m Rick James, bitch!” The sketches were punctuated by James, as himself, explaining his past behavior with the phrase, “Cocaine is a hell of a drug!”
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