Rick James


Catch Melz On The MIC Discussing Rick James On Music’s Greatest Mysteries

We all have heard stories about the life of one of funk music's most iconic legends Rick James. But do you know the WHOLE story besides the "Chappelle's Show" bits and the "I'm Rick James Bitch" catchphrases? When you take a deep dive into Rick James' story, you'll find a fascinating man who also help shape ROCK music as well. I was fortunate enough to discuss his story and more as part of the series "Music Greatest Mysteries".

Buffalo Remembers Rick James on His Birthday

There are many that believe that February 1st should be a holiday in the Buffalo area. I find myself among that group of people and look forward to wishing Rick James a happy birthday today. On February 1, 1948, Mabel and James Ambrose Johnson, Sr. welcomed James Ambrose Johnson, Jr....
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Ty James on Meeting Dad Rick James When She Was 13: 'He Taught Me What To Do, but He Also Taught Me What Not To Do'

When your dad is Rick James, it's not unusual to see partying around you all the time, but that doesn't mean the love wasn't there. "It definitely became second nature to see people partying all the time," says Ty James, daughter of the late Rick James, who now appears in and is the executive producer of Bitchin': The Sound and Fury of Rick James, a documentary about her dad on Showtime. "It's always a constant on-the-go party lifestyle. Occasional naked girls here and there was just normal. It was definitely normal. I totally felt like it was a different time. I learned balance and to be well-rounded because even now, I drink socially, I smoke socially, cannabis, but that's as far as I'll go. There are a lot of things that I learned not to do from him. There's no way I would touch cocaine. Just seeing those things, it created the balance that I needed in life as a woman."

Rick James

Richard "Rick" James. age 80 of Willmar, passed away Monday Nov. 15, at his residence. A public celebration of Rick's life will be held in the spring/summer of 2022 at the Willmar American Legion. Arrangements are with Peterson Brothers Funeral Home. Richard "Rick" William James was born on June...

Funk legend Rick James honored in new documentary

When it comes to music, nobody does it better than a Black artist. Over the years Black musicians have made indelible impacts on the way the industry is structured. Our influence has been sprinkled on almost every genre from country to gospel. Funk music is one of the biggest genres we’ve shaped. Throughout history there have been plenty of funk pioneers. We’ve celebrated the groundwork that James Brown laid, in addition to the showmanship and ingenuity that Parliament funkadelic displayed. Thanks to a new documentary “B*tchin: The Sound and Fury of Rick James”, new and old fans can remember the monumental impact Rick James had on funk music.

Master Class with Robert Shahid: Funk Legend Rick James

(WEAA) — Award-winning journalist Charles Robinson and broadcaster Paul Porter, author of ‘BLACKOUT: My 40 Years in the Music Business’ join Robert Shahid to celebrate the funk legend, Rick James. Following the release of Showtime documentary, 'Bitchin': The Sound and Fury of Rick James, which chronicles the sex-and-drugs-fueled lifestyle of...

bitchin’: the sound and fury of Rick James

Finally. We’ve had upteen documentaries on musical subjects such as Led Zeppelin and Prince with a few on the way but when it comes to particulary volatile subjects, the mass media shies away from them completely. Showtime and director Sacha Jenkins decided that Rick James – yes, the Rick James of Superfreak fame – was underserved and needed his own documentary and needed to shine light on the darkest corners of his lifestory of which many there were. This is that documentary and in a dark motel room grungy kind of way, it succeeds and surpasses much of our expectations.

The Sound and Fury of Rick James

The life of The Ultimate Funk Star Rick James is on display in a recent documentary airing on Showtime and several streaming platforms. In recent years, many have been reminded of him as a caricature, from the Chappelle Show. But the true story is much more complex as told in The Sound and Fury of Rick JamesÓ shows a talented and revolutionary artist who was ahead of his time and shaped the sound of music for future generations.

Rick James Was a Father of Four

As talented a musician as Rick James (real name: James Ambrose Johnson Jr.) was, he is also remembered for his obsession with sex and drugs. Over the years, the singer came to be known for his antics on and offstage and unfortunately, his lust for life may have contributed to the fatal heart attack he had at just 56 years old in 2004.

What to Watch on Friday: A night with Rick James, Billie Eilish or the D’Amelios?

Bitchin’: The Sound and Fury of Rick James (9 p.m., Showtime) - An intimate yet propulsive look at Rick James, one of rock, funk and R&B’s most legendary and often underappreciated figures. The documentary features rare footage of James’ incredible live shows, never-before-seen home video, original interviews with legendary artists, collaborators and friends, and a treasure trove of recorded interviews with James (who died in 2004). The film presents a full picture of James’ dramatic rise and fall, focusing in on the “Punk-Funk” music he left behind.
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Red Carpet Pics: Atlanta Premiere Of Showtime’s Bitchin: The Sound & Fury Of Rick James

Last night, SHOWTIME premiered an advanced screening for the new documentary BITCHIN’: The Sound & Fury Of Rick James at IPIC Theatres in Atlanta. Atlanta’s elite gathered to pay homage and respect to the late funk/R&B icon, Rick James, while also hearing first-hand what his daughter, Ty James had to say about his life and legacy. VIPs in attendance included Ty James, Jazzy Pha, David Banner, Dallas Austin, Gary Wit Da Tea, Calico Jonez, Ty Young, Alvin & Calvin Waters, Ian Burke & more. The evening included a stellar performance by a band, performing a rendition of Rick James’ greatest hits. Check out pics inside…

TV Highlights for Friday, Sept. 3: Showtime film profiles Rick James

The best documentaries tell you things you didn’t know about their subjects. “Bitchin’: The Sound and Fury of Rick James” (8 p.m., Showtime) more than qualifies. Offering a wealth of contemporary interviews, period footage and original animation to visualize undocumented moments, “Fury” will inspire old fans to dust off their vinyl and young fans to edit their Spotify playlists.