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With 1981’s Street Songs, Rick James slapped a rocker’s edge onto disco’s derriere. Inspired by the Buffalo projects where they grew up, he and the Stone City Band explore a thriving subculture of prostitutes, junkies, and hustlers on “Ghetto Life,” while “Mr. Policeman” is one of the first songs to openly address police brutality. James had the guts to go where others wouldn’t dare. With their wired grooves and debauched come-ons, “Give It to Me Baby” and “Super Freak” are more than suggestive—they’re deliriously, defiantly hedonistic.

Customer Reviews

Street Songs !!!

This is an absolute Funk masterpiece... I wore this album out back in the 80's ...don't sleep on this classic

Oh my Lawd, the "F" bomb

I was born in '84, but, I love 80s music... Funky, Fierce, and Fabulous!! I knew a couple songs, but, when I heard him say "they called me a F@))0+ , while previewing the album... I quickly pressed "purchase"....

One of the best albums EVER....

Ghetto Life is my joint....


Born: February 1, 1948 in Buffalo, NY

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

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. Actually, James had been with Motown earlier, though nothing had come of it. After growing up in Buffalo and running away to join the Naval Reserves, he ran away from the Navy to Toronto, where he was in a band with future Buffalo Springfield members Neil Young and Bruce Palmer, and with...
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