Super Freak: The Last Days Of Rick James
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Thursday, November 15, 2012
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The Dark Prince of Funk, Rick James scored some of the genre’s most iconic hits, from “Give It To Me Baby,” to “Ghetto Life” to “Super Freak,” and became a legend in the process. He reveled in his reputation for excess, living a lurid dream of sex and drugs and funk & soul to the hilt and beyond. Then the lights went out. An epic addiction to crack cocaine fueled bad boy behavior that went from merely scandalous to certifiably criminal. His career in ruins, he served time in prison, only to emerge, seemingly chastened and clean and ready to resume making his amazing music. But it was too late. Rick James had become a parody of himself, unable to break free from the outrageous image he had created. In the last days of his life he granted an extensive and exclusive interview to author Davin Seay, a freewheeling, unrepentant confessional that, for all its shocking and scabrous details, revealed both his surprising place in music history and the unexpectedly poignant side of a man who paid the ultimate price for fame... and never looked back.