Just heard that Rick stole all Prince's synthesizers after that little tour with him and used them on 'Street Songs' album. He send them back with 'thank you' note. Teena Marie confessed that Prince already had all of his sounds programmed into those synthesizers, and Rick new that Prince was genius at that, so he used them and made 'Street Songs'... influenced by Prince. :)
Every time Rick James comes on, can't help but think of Dave Chappelle.
"See, I never just did things just to do them, c'mon I mean, what I'm gonna do just all of the sudden just jump up and grind my feet in somebody's couch like it's something to do? Come on, I got a little more sense than that. ...Yeah, I remember grinding my feet into Eddie's couch."
I know deeply on how funk and soul was modernized. Before Rick James, the funk and soul craze started with the old soul crooners of the 1960s and 1970s, especially Al Green, Wilson Pickett, and all of this built up to "The Godfather of Soul"--James Brown. The rise of the Memphis horn section in the 1970s, a great soul crooner, Marvin Gaye, as well as the rise of the disco era in that decade, allowed funk and soul to flourish more greatly. This is how house bands in disco incorporated funk and soul in their disco numbers. Disco Demolition in 1979, regrettably, tried to put out disco-laden funk and soul for good, but there was a happy backlash--even though disco died, funk and soul survived in the 1980s decade onward. Funk and soul groups then added R and B to the mix, making a sort of retro-disco sound that led to artists like Michael Jackson, the Gap Band, The Time, Prince, and finally--Rick James and his band. Rick pushed the envelope of funk with such songs as "Mary Jane."
This freaked me out! This isn't fake. Apparently if you copy and paste this on ten comments you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out. If you break the chain you will see a dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry (;-;)