Rick James was born in Buffalo, New York. He started his musical career in his adolescent years. He was in a variety of bands. James, joined the U.S. Navy to prevent being drafted to the military.
Back in 1964, James abandoned into Toronto, Canada, where he made the rock group The Mynah Birds, who finally signed a recording deal with all Motown Records at 1966. James’ career with the team stopped after army police discovered his whereabouts and finally convicted and sentenced James into a yearlong prison sentence linked to the desertion charges.
After being published, James moved into California, where he began a wide range of rock and funk teams from the late 1960s and early 1970s.After forming the locally popular Stone City Band in his hometown of Buffalo in 1977, James eventually found success as a recording artist later registering with Motown’s Gordy Records, releasing the record Come Get It!
Back in 1981, James published his most prosperous record, Street Songs, which comprised career-defining strikes such as “Give It to Me Baby” and “Super Freak”, the latter tune getting his main crossover only, blending elements of funk, disco, rock and fresh wave.
Additionally, James had a thriving career as a songwriter and producer for other artists such as Teena Marie, the Mary Jane Girls, that the Temptations, Eddie Murphy and Smokey Robinson.
James’ mainstream achievement had peaked with the launch of his record Glow at 1985 and his appearance on the popular TV series, The A-Team. His following album releases failed to sell and their predecessors.
Rapper MC Hammer faked James’ “Super Freak” for his 1990 hit,”U Can’t Touch This” that won Greatest R&B Song in the 1991 Grammy Awards. James received his just Grammy for writing the tune.  From the early 1990s, James’ career was hampered with his drug dependency and he had been embroiled with legal troubles.
Back in 1993, James was detained for two individual instances of kidnapping and torturing two distinct girls while under the sway of crack cocaine, leading to a three-year sentence in Folsom State Prison. James was released on parole in 1996 and released the record Urban Rhapsody at 1997. James’s health issues stopped his profession again when he had a mild stroke in a concert in 1998, and he declared a semi-retirement.
In 2004, James’s profession returned into mainstream pop culture after he appeared in an episode of Chappelle’s Show. The section involved a Charlie Murphy True Hollywood Stories–fashion skit which satirized James’ wild lifestyle in the 1980s. This resulted in renewed interest in his songs and that year he returned to play on the street. James died later this year from heart failure at age 56.