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Street Songs (Deluxe Edition)

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Rick James’ most popular album is also his most uncompromising. Street Songs features explicit portraits of inner-city life, told from an insider’s perspective. With his tales of pimps, players, stoners and corner boys, James was hip-hop at a time when hip-hop barely existed, and his innovations would go on to influence an entire generation of rappers. Beyond the original killer album, and some additional 12” cuts, the real attraction of this deluxe edition is the second disc, which merges recordings from two James concerts at the Long Beach Arena, on July 30 and 31, 1981. While James is regarded as a master of the recording studio, the live set is a reminder of his unparalleled fire as a live performer. In the stadium setting, James turns club tracks like “Big Time” and “Give It To Me Baby” into sweaty, unhinged singalongs. His energy is jaw-dropping—“Love Gun” becomes so explosive that it nearly turns into heavy metal. The concert’s centerpiece is two duets with Teen Marie, “I’m A Sucker For You Love” and “Square Biz,” which together bring the show to a untamed boiling point.

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There was only one Rick. RIP

essential funk record

throw this on at a party with whatever your drinking/smoking and its sure to get people moving. rick james was one of the masters. this record is proof of his talent.

Killer Definitive Rick James Recordings

Great Songs, Great Recording, Great Live Songs, There will never be another Rick James. Gone way too soon.


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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