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Michael Jackson Vs. Prince


Michael Jackson Vs. Prince: An Oral History

“I heard you were looking for me,” said a deep voice on the other end of the phone. It was the fall of 1996, and Michael Jackson was holding court in a posh suite at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York. The King of Pop had instructed his handlers to contact his old peer and rival Prince for a planned collaboration. The prospect for such a headline-making union was indeed intriguing. For much of the ‘80s, Michael Joseph Jackson and Prince Rogers Nelson took turns ruling the musical landscape. MJ, the gifted Motown child prodigy who made good on his ambition to become the biggest pop star to ever walk the earth with the release of the record-breaking landmark Thriller. Prince, the at times outrageous, androgynous, one-man-band performer and producer who backed up his genius rep by pulling off one of the most unlikely coups in rock history after unleashing the multi-platinum 1984 Purple Rain soundtrack and Oscar winning film. A rivalry was born.

But more than a decade later, both had found themselves in a battle to save their respective careers. MJ struggled mightily to fight unproven child molestation accusations as the tabloid brigade hounded him relentlessly. Prince declared war against his longtime label Warner Bros. and changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol as he headed deeper into obscurity. Indeed, a team-up between the two icons would be perceived as a brilliant masterstroke. “I think it would be just great,” MJ told Prince. Yet, the collaboration to end all collaborations would never happen. Both aging legends would achieve comebacks on their own terms. With the untimely June 25, 2009 death of Jackson, their connection grows even more profound. The fact that the public is still enamored with MJ and Prince speaks volumes for their cultural impact and influential contributions to music. But what did these two titans really think of one another? Was there a true rivalry or deep respect? VIBE presents the Oral History of a King and a Prince.—Keith Murphy

A KING AND A PRINCE (1970-1982)

AHMIR “QUESTLOVE” THOMPSON (Leader, producer and drummer for the Philadelphia hip-hop band The Roots): I have an actual theory on why we started connecting Michael and Prince together early on. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that both were born in the summer of 1958 in the Midwest and both basically represent different phases of the coming-of-age life of black youth. Michael captured the imagination of post civil-rights America as a youth and he was their guiding light. And Prince captured the same post-civil rights America when they became teenagers and helped them mature into adulthood.

ALAN LEEDS (Former tour manager for Prince and James Brown; Co-editor of the book The James Brown Reader): I remember seeing Michael’s first big tour with the Jackson 5 in 1970. When I was out with James Brown we crossed paths in Dayton, Ohio. They were playing the O’Hare Arena in Dayton the night before we were scheduled to perform. Onstage he had a charismatic presence that very few people had. I remember we were staying at the same hotel. And before the gig, I happened to be in the hotel lobby when the J5 left to go to sound check. I saw them come through with their security; screaming kids were outside the hotel and I recall seeing Michael and he looked like a little pimp [laughs]. He had that confident walk and he was only 10 years old! He totally understood, “Hey, I’m the star. I’m the reason these kids are out here.”

CYNTHIA HORNER (Former editor of Right On! Magazine from 1976-2005; Currently writes and edits for Hip-Hop Weekly): I met Michael back in 1976 and he was one of the shyest people that I’ve ever dealt with. It was a little difficult to interview him because even though as a professional entertainer he realized he needed the press, he wasn’t somebody that knew how to relate to the media in terms of being open with information. He was just super shy unless he was around his family. But he picked up the fact I was shy as well, so he kind of embraced me and we became friends. He and Prince were quite similar because Prince was shy as well. If you were a journalist he would give you the same monosyllabic answers that Michael did. But Prince would also speak in riddles a lot of the time; he was very evasive. He would never answer any of my questions [laughs]. He wanted to keep his privacy protected at all cost.

BRUCE SWEDIEN (Michael Jackson’s studio engineer for Off The Wall, Thriller, Bad, and Dangerous): It was very obvious to both me and Quincy [Jones] how great Michael was. He was somebody really special… the ultimate talent. We did a bunch of demos after listening to Rod Temperton’s music for Off The Wall. And Michael, in his typical fashion, went home, stayed up all night, and memorized the lyrics and we recorded those demos without a piece of paper in front of him. You tell me one other singer that could do that.

CYNTHIA HORNER: The first time I encountered Prince was in 1978. He kept calling me over and over again and I really wasn’t returning his phone calls because I didn’t know who he was and I really didn’t care. But he called me so much that I just wanted to get rid of him, so I agreed to meet with him down the street from my office, which was in Hollywood near the recording studio he was at. He wanted me to go to the studio to see a jam session. But what I didn’t realize at the time was that the jam session consisted of just one person: Prince! He played all of these different instruments. Prince was trying to prove to me that he was worthy of coverage and that he was more talented than probably a majority of the people who was appearing in [Right On!]. At that moment, Prince let me know that he was a songwriter that could produce, sing, and play all these different instruments. This was an once-in-a-lifetime talent. Once I saw that, I agreed to interview him.

ALAN LEEDS: Michael wasn’t a musician in the classic sense. He approached his music differently from the way Prince did although Michael could write a great song as well. But Prince was arguably a musician first. I don’t think there’s any doubt that Prince saw Michael as a symbol of where he wanted to go in terms [of notoriety]. Michael was one of the few artists on the planet that Prince did respect in that sense. Once we realized that he was in the process of writing what was the original idea for the film Purple Rain as he was scribbling in notebooks during his 1982 tour for 1999, we knew he wanted more. The word was beginning to spread: “Hey, Prince really thinks he’s writing a movie.” I don’t think any of us took it that seriously because it didn’t make sense that somebody who at that point only had a few pop hits was going to be able to get the funding for a film. But it certainly revealed an ambition he had and to his credit Prince would go on to pull it off.

CYNTHIA HORNER: I would give Michael copies of the magazines and he would see certain people in the book and ask me lots of questions about the artists he was interested in. And that’s how he was introduced to Prince. After that, I started to let Michael listen to some of the Prince music I had and he was intrigued. At that point, I realized that there was somewhat of a rivalry developing. Michael had been in the business longer, so naturally he didn’t want to get replaced by the newcomer.…/michael-jackson-vs-prince-oral-history


Graffiti Bridge:24th Anniversary





Graffiti Bridge is the 16th track on Prince’s twelfth album Graffiti Bridge. The song also features in the movie Graffiti Bridge.

While specific recording dates are not known, initial tracking took place in July, 1987 at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA, during the first recording sessions to take place there (during the same set of sessions as Melody Cool, No Changes and a re-recording of If I Love You Tonight, now titled If I Love U 2 Nite).

Graffiti Bridge marks the earliest recording from Paisley Park Studios to be released with Prince vocals, therefore. An early version of the song was included as the third track on a 25 September, 1988 configuration of Graffiti Bridge. It was included as the 13th track on a late 1989 configuration. Vocal and instrumental overdubs took place in late 1989 or early 1990 at Paisley Park Studios, and during the same time period, Clare Fischer recorded string overdubs at Mad Hatter Studios, Los Angeles, CA, USA. It was included as the 16th track on a 1990 configuration of the album, where it remained for release.

The movie Graffiti Bridge was developed starting in September, 1987, indicating that the theme of Graffiti Bridge was conceived to some degree before the movie itself.
Date Studio July, 1987 Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA Initial tracking
Late 1989 – early 1990 Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA Vocal overdubs
Late 1989 – early 1990 Mad Hatter Studios, Los Angeles, CA, USA Orchestra overdubs by Clare Fischer
Recording Personnel

Purple Rain:35th Anniversary!


Purple Rain is the sixth studio album by American recording artist Prince and The Revolution and is the soundtrack album to the 1984 film Purple Rain. It was released on June 25, 1984 by Warner Bros. Records.

Purple Rain is regularly ranked among the best albums in music history. Time magazine ranked it the 15th greatest album of all time in 1993, and it placed 18th on VH1‘s Greatest Rock and Roll Albums of All Time countdown. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it the second-best album of the 1980s and 76th on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Zounds magazine ranked it the 18th greatest album of all time. Furthermore, the album placed 4th in Plásticos y Decibelios’ list of The Greatest Albums of All Time.

In 2007, the editors of Vanity Fair labeled it the best soundtrack of all time and Tempo magazine named it the greatest album of the 1980s.In 2012, Slant Magazine listed the album at #2 on its list of “Best Albums of the 1980s” behind only Michael Jackson‘s Thriller. That same year, the album was added to the Library of Congress‘s National Recording Registry list of sound recordings that “are culturally, historically, or aesthetically important”

The two main songs from Purple Rain, “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy“, would top the US singles charts and were hits around the world, while the title track would go to number two on the Billboard Hot 100.

The 1000th issue of Entertainment Weekly dated July 4, 2008 listed Purple Rain at number one on their list of the top 100 best albums of the past 25 years.In 2013, the magazine also listed the album at number two on their list of the 100 Greatest Albums ever.[5] The RIAA lists it as having gone platinum 13 times over.To date, it has sold over 20 million copies worldwide, becoming the sixth best-selling soundtrack album of all time.

Prince won two Grammy Awards in 1985 for Purple Rain, for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group and Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or TV Special, and the album was nominated for Album of the Year. Prince won a third Grammy that year for Best R&B Song (songwriter) for Chaka Khan‘s cover of “I Feel for You“. Purple Rain also won an Oscar for Best Original Song Score in 1985.

Purple Rain sold 13 million units in the United States, including 1.5 million in its debut week,earning a Diamond Award from the Recording Industry Association of America. According to Billboard magazine, the album spent 24 consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard album charts (August 4, 1984 to January 18, 1985) becoming one of the top soundtracks ever. Purple Rain traded the #1 album chart position with Bruce Springsteen‘s Born in the U.S.A. twice, during 1984 and 1985. The album has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.

Singles from the album became pop hits worldwide, with Prince scoring four US Top 10 singles from the album. Of them, “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy” reached #1, “Purple Rain” reached #2, and “I Would Die 4 U” reached #8. The fifth and final single “Take Me with U” reached #25.

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Prince vs. Warner Brothers




Prince has returned to Warner Bros. Records after 18 years with a deal that will see him regain ownership of his catalog.

His classic Warner albums like “Dirty Mind,” “Controversy,” and “1999” will continue to be licensed through Warner Bros as part of a new global agreement.

As part of the deal, Prince’s classic “Purple Rain” album will be re-released in a remastered deluxe version in time for the 30th anniversary of the album and movie. Other planned re-issue projects will follow and Prince will issue a new album too, although it is unclear of that title is a part of the deal

“A brand-new studio album is on the way and both Warner Bros. Records and Eye [sic] are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship,” Prince said in a statement.

Prince had a highly publicized and turbulent 1996 split from Warner Bros. in the 1990s when he called himself a “slave” to the label, changed his name to a symbol, and condemned the way the major label system worked.

This deal marks a new era as the ability to terminate master recording copyright after 35 years was granted in the Copyright Revision Act of 1976, and became effective in 1978, the year that Prince’s debut album came out.

Prince albums have scanned 18.5 million units in the United States since Nielsen SoundScan’s inception in 1991; albums issued by Warner Bros. Records have sold 14.3 million units, Billboard calculates based on SoundScan’s data.

As 2013 loomed, record label executives and artists managers said that they were unsure how copyright terminations and ownership reversions would play out as they expected a precedent-setting court case to decide whether the “work-for-hire” clause in standard recording contracts could successfully be challenged by artists. Works created under work-for-hire contracts are not eligible for copyright reversion. But privately some label executives have also said that in some instances the wiser course might be to negotiate the reversions and retain control of issuing artists’ catalog eligible for copyright terminations.

In cutting what appears to be a landmark deal, Prince has chosen to remain with the label that was the subject of his ire back in the 1990’s avoiding a risky and costly legal battle and still regain ownership of his catalog.

Financial terms and length of the licensing deal were not disclosed; nor does the announcement make clear on whether the artist is gaining ownership of his catalog all at once; or more likely as each album becomes eligible for copyright termination.

The Warner Music Group decline to provide further comment on the details of the deal. But Warner Bros. Records chairman and CEO Cameron Strang said in a statement: “Everyone at Warner Bros Records is delighted to be working with Prince once again: he is one of the world’s biggest stars and a truly unique talent. We are also very excited about the release of new and re-mastered music from one of his greatest masterpieces.”


Prince: March Madness!




Parade (Under The Cherry Moon Soundtrack)  released on  March 31, 1986 and  Sign o’ the Times  March 31, 1987  by Prince where released  27 & 28yrs ago on this date.

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Casper Holstein: Original Gangster

Casper Holstein outside Washington Heights Court.


Casper Holstein was a prominent New York philanthropist and mobster involved in the Harlem “numbers rackets” during Prohibition. He, along with several other rivals, most notably Stephanie St. Clair, were responsible for resurrecting illegal gambling in Harlem after several years of inactivity following the conviction of Peter H. Matthews in 1915.

The product of a biracial union, Holstein was born in St. Croix, Danish West Indies. In 1894, he moved with his mother to New York. Holstein spent most of his teenage years attending high school in Brooklyn. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy shortly before the Spanish American War. After the war, he held several odd jobs among being positions as a porter and a doorman in Manhattan.  Eventually he worked his way up to become head messenger for a Wall Street brokerage firm.

While working on Wall Street Holstein became familiar with the stock market.  He also began studying the numbers system, an illegal lottery often played by impoverished New York City residents.  Holstein eventually developed his own lottery called Bolito and by 1920, he became known in the New York underworld as the “Bolito King.” By the mid-1920s Holstein reputedly earned more than $2 million from his lotteries.

With this wealth he lived lavishly, owning two Harlem apartment buildings, a Long Island home, a fleet of expensive cars and several thousand acres of Virginia farmland.
Holstein established a Harlem tradition of using some of his illicit earnings to support worthy causes and thus win “goodwill” within the African American community.  He donated some of his earnings to humanitarian enterprises.  He

financed dormitories at Southern black colleges and supplemented the income of a number of Harlem Renaissance artists and supported impoverished Harlem children.  His lottery profits also helped establish a Baptist school in Liberia, create a museum in New York and provided hurricane relief for his native homeland, the Virgin Islands.

By the end of the 1920s, Holstein had become the most significant of Harlem’s numerous powerbrokers. He controlled a massive numbers-running operation, as well as nightclubs and several other legitimate business enterprises. His income was rumored to be as high as $12,000 a day at his peak.  He was, according to the New York Times, “Harlem’s favorite hero, because of his wealth, his sporting proclivities and his philanthropies among the people of his race.”

In 1928, Holstein was taken hostage by five white men who demanded a ransom of $50,000. Three days later he was released. After his release he insisted that no ransom was paid.  No one was arrested and the incident was never explained. However, rumors abounded Holstein’s abduction was orchestrated by New York mobster Dutch Schultz who eventually took control of Harlem gambling scene.

After serving a year in prison for illegal gambling, Holstein “retired” from the numbers racket and spent the remainder of his life supporting various charities.  Casper Holstein died in Harlem on April 5, 1944.

Prince: Duets!


Have you heard it yet? Go get it! featuring Ledisi “Ain’t Gonna Miss U When U’re Gone”




Prince: Happy 55th Birthday!


Floyd & Josie: The Aftermath

floyd kidsFloyd Mayweather, Josie Harris and their family. (Courtesy of Josie Harris)The example of Mike Tyson hangs over every successful athlete, proof that any amount of wealth can be squandered by fiscal foolery. “It is a scary thought,” Harris says. “Vegas – not a good place for him.


Every outskirt is only 15-20 minutes from The Strip, if not a casino right there he can run to.” Mayweather’s relationship with money is part of his paradox. He covets it, prioritizes it in his career decisions, yet clearly does not have much respect for what he earns. When Mayweather wooed Harris back in 2006, he bought her a $500,000, 25-carat diamond ring. After the attack in 2010, she sold it to finance her new life in California and start a business selling Nappiesaks, a baby shower gift.


He buys Jackson handbags by Birkin and diamonds worth a decade’s salary to many. Associates are rewarded with cars, watches, designer clothes, but easy money inevitably brings nefarious interest. “He has told me people have stolen from him, his house was robbed and they thought it was an inside job,” Harris says.


“The people who are just leeching on … I didn’t like that. I wanted Floyd to run his business like a company. “You [should] clock in and clock out and get a salary, not, ‘I’m going to buy you a Rolex or a car.’ Is it a charity? A very lucky-ass charity. They are getting an extreme donation.


“Floyd will give someone the benefit of the doubt, but as soon as he sees disloyalty or sneakiness, they are out, completely cut off,” she continues. “I have seen where if he would spot them a Rolex he wants it back.” Fame draws attention, but nothing serves as a people-magnet quite like money, especially a man loose with it.


Mayweather’s publicist fired off a toxic letter of disgust when his entourage was described as the equivalent to that of a military dictator. But the number of people around Mayweather is extraordinary, and few go unrewarded

Harris reveals she suffered depression and anxiety after the 2010 incident and that she and the children all had therapy.Time has healed, however, and having found peace and stability in California she is able to deal with Mayweather’s behavioral quirks as his friend, confidante and occasional romantic partner far better than she ever could while they were together.
“I honestly feel he deserves to do whatever he wants with his life. Floyd came from poverty, with his mom on drugs and his dad being abusive. We had kids young and he never had a chance to be successful, famous and single. I think he needs to experience that.”
Mayweather has the cars and the houses and all that jewelry. Harris believes he wanted a loving family life, too, yet with the added perks of girlfriends, mistresses, casual flings and strippers thrown in.Few things sting Harris more than
memories of Christmas Day, 2009. Having reconciled and living together in Las Vegas, Mayweather drove her and the children to a new home, already fully furnished and with the children’s bedrooms decorated. It was for them to live in while he remained at his main residence.
“I was like, ‘That’s not what I want; that’s not what I came back here for,’ ” she says, her voice quivering slightly. “That is where most of the problems began. It showed he was not committed to being a family man. It was not morally acceptable to me.”
Less than a year later, the new property was the scene for Mayweather’s attack

DERRAN DAY: Natural Talent

derran daySinger, Songwriter, Performer

A natural talent at 23, Derran is a stand-out singer/songwriter who plays the piano and masters his own originals. Derran attended Berklee School of Music in Boston and is part of a well-known musical family.  


His father, Morris Day (Morris Day & The Time, Purple Rain), and his mother Judi Jones Day (original member of The Soul Train Gang, background vocalist for a variety of groups such as Earth, Wind & Fire and Lou Rawls), were positive influences, who encouraged his passion for singing and helped nurture his ambition as a songwriter.  


Creating a MySpace page at age 17, he wrote and recorded his first song, “It’s Nothing,” which was followed by a series of songs that displayed his diverse range and depth as an R&B/Pop artist.

Knowing its equally important to be a positive role model, Derran became a Musicfuel Mentor.  His way of mentoring through patience and method teaching, which he learned at Berklee has been very valuable to the Musicfuel programs.  We’re excited to have Derran as part of our team and look forward to all of his contributions and performances that capture the Musicfuel spirit.

Rihanna: Bow Down #1

rihanna on billboardRihanna  becomes the first artist in the 20-year history of Billboard’s Nielsen  BDS-based Pop Songs radio airplay chart to tally 10 No. 1s, as “Stay,”  featuring Mikky Ekko, rises 2-1.
  Rihanna breaks a tie with Katy Perry, who’s notched nine No. 1s since  her 2008 arrival; also impressively, Rihanna has rung up her No. 1 sum  since just 2006, when “SOS,” her first leader, reached the summit. She’d  last led with “We Found Love,” featuring Calvin Harris, for eight  weeks, marking her longest command, in late 2011/early 2012.

The record for most No. 1s is the latest for Rihanna on Pop Songs.  She previously established the marks for most entries (35) and top 10s  (23) dating to the ranking’s Oct. 3, 1992, launch.
“Stay” also charges 11-7 on Adult Pop Songs, becoming her third top  10 on the list, and debuts at No. 30 on Adult Contemporary. (It’s  reached No. 3 on the all-format airplay/sales/streaming-fueled Billboard  Hot 100.)

Also notably, “Stay” is only the second piano-and-vocal-only No. 1 of  the 259 songs to have ruled Pop Songs. The first? The song that “Stay”  dethrones after three weeks at the summit, Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your  Man.”
Here’s a recap of Rihanna’s record 10 Pop Songs No. 1s:

2006, “SOS” (one week at No. 1)
2008, “Take a Bow” (three)
2008, “Disturbia” (three)
2008, “Live Your Life” (T.I. feat. Rihanna) (two)
2010, “Rude Boy” (two)
2010, “Love the Way You Lie” (Eminem feat. Rihanna) (two)
2010, “Only Girl (In the World)” (three)
2011, “S&M” (one)
2011, “We Found Love” (Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris) (eight)
2013, “Stay” (Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko) (one to date)



Quote taken from Rick James’s autobiography…

Bitter Rivals:

In the 80’s, Rick James asked Prince to open up the “Fire Up Tour.” James states in his book, “The Confessions Of Rick James, Memoirs Of A Super Freak,” that he had yet to meet Prince. The only thing he had heard about him was that he was shy. James had hoped this was false because if he was shy, he had no business being out on the road with him.
James said he walked through the backstage entrance, Prince was sitting on his group’s drums playing some bullSHYT beat. James sat down and began playing some serious stuff. He said Prince looked over at him and got his little AZZ up and walked away.

James adds, “Prince was just starting out and the first time I saw Prince and his band open for me, I felt sorry for him. Here’s this little dude wearing high heels, standing there in a trench coat. Then at the end of the set, he’d take off his trench coat and he’d be wearing little girl’s bloomers. The guys in the audience booed him to death.”

The following weeks of the tour weren’t very different from the opening date. Whenever I was on stage I’d see Prince on the side of the stage just staring and watching everything I did, like a kid in school.
One day I walked into the auditorium, getting ready to go on and I heard the crowd chanting loudly. I went to check it out. Here’s Prince doing my chants. Not only was he stalking the stage like me, he was doing my trademark funk sign, flipping the microphone and everything. The boy had stolen my whole show. I was *!@$%&**!@$%&**!@$%&  **!@$%&*ed and so was my band. This went on night after night, every show I’d see more of my routine. It got to the point I couldn’t do the stuff I had always done because Prince was doing it before I came on. It started to look like I was copying him.



Celebrated journalist, TV personality, and award-winning author Touré investigates one of the most enigmatic and fascinating figures in contemporary American culture:


Drawing on new research and enlivened by Touré’s unique pop-cultural fluency, I Would Die 4 U relies on surprising and in-depth interviews with Prince’s band members, former girlfriends, musicologists, and even Bible scholars to deconstruct the artist’s life and work.

Prince’s baby boomer status allowed him to play a wise older brother to the latchkey kids of generation X. Defying traditional categories of race, gender, and sexuality, he nonetheless presents a very traditional conception of religion and God in his music. He was an MTV megastar and a religious evangelist, using images of sex and profanity to invite us into a musical conversation about the healing power of God. By demystifying the man and his music, I Would Die 4 U shows us how Prince defined a generation.

PRINCE: Montreux Jazz Festival 2013

Prince_Montreux_zps19abcac9Prince is confirmed to play 3 Nights, 3 Shows, at the Montreux Jazz Festival! 3 Nights, 3 Shows, He’s back!

After his two previous appearances at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2007 and 2009, Prince is slated to play three full concerts on 13, 14 and 15 July 2013.

Auditorium Stravinski

Prince 1st show – Saturday
13 July, 8 pm
Prince 2nd show – Sunday 14 July, 8 pm
Prince 3rd
– Monday 15 July, 8 pm

Tickets on sale from 10 a.m. on
Friday 15 February
CHF 175.- (standing) / CHF 395.-

The rest of the line-up for the 47th Montreux Jazz Festival
will be announced on April 18, 2013. Tickets on sale at

32 Facts about Funk Legend Rick James


  1. He was in a band that consisted of future rock band Steppenwolf (Neil Young included)
  2. His name  Rick James (born James Ambrose Johnson, Jr) was given to him by an Canadian singer name Shirley Matthews when he was AWOL from the united states army.
  3. slept with Super model Janice Dickerson at the infamous Studio 54
  4. Dated fellow Motown label mate singer/model Vanity before prince, Vanity left him while on tour with Prince as the opening act, that incident started the Prince vs. Rick James rivalry started!
  5. Only slept with one Mary Jane Girl, Maxi B (the white girl)
  6. Teen star Linda Blair had an abortion by him, he later penned the song Cold Blooded about her.
  7. He introduced OJ Simpson to his  future wife Nicole Brown, after she broke up with his friend Singer, Charlie Wilson. Rick was dating her sister at the time.
  8. Enlisted in the Army at 16yrs of age, only to go AWOL and hide out in Canada.
  9. Lived briefly with Folk Singer Joanie Mitchell, during his time in Ontario, kept a 30yr secret about her giving up her daughter for adoption.
  10. Enter the lifestyle of a pimping, for a short period of time, after being introduced to pimping by friend and singer Jimmy Ruffin, David Ruffin’s brother, Rick Pimped white females only in  Toronto Canada during the late 70’s!
  11. Was married briefly to his first wife, a European model, whom died from cancer.
  12. The Colored Girls, was the original name of the Mary Jane Girls, the concept was stolen from him, by princes manager and the next year The Group Vanity 6 came out!
  13. Meet his 2nd wife at a Hollywood orgy.
  14. Dated Redfoo’s of LMAFO mother before she dated  music mogul and Motown founder Berry Gordy.
  15. Snorted cocaine with Karate Kid actress Elizabeth Shue.
  16. Was engaged to follow Motown artist and protege’ Teena Marie for two weeks!
  17. Is of  Native American/Indian Heritage on his fathers side
  18. Meet friend and Rock legend Steven Tyler in rehab during the 1980’s.
  19. Saved Eddie Murphy’s life during a trip to Buffalo New York, a car almost hit eddies side of the Rose Royce, Rick spurned into quick action and avoided a major accident.
  20. Tried to get a very unknown black CEO fired from his job, because he told Rick that he was not “HOT ANYMORE”. that CEO later became mega celebrity manager Benny Medina!
  21. Met his 3rd wife when she was only 17yrs old.
  22. Melvin Franklin of the Legendary Motown group the Temptations is his nephew.
  23.  Got into a all out brawl with 12 Middle Eastern Sheiks at a Hollywood night club with children of a lesser god actor Timothy Hutton, who knew they hung out?
  24. His best-selling recording, 1981’s Street Songs, sold over three million copies helping to renew sagging fortunes in Motown.
  25. He was a marijuana and hash dealer, going as far as India to smuggle weed to the US!
  26. After failing to report for active duty on the USS Enterprise  he flied to Ontario Canada for two years.
  27. Signed with Motown Records twice! first time in 1968, then again 1977, first time he was taken by the FBI, under the alias Rick Matthews.
  28. Taco Bell was his favorite Fast Food
  29. Fire and Desire was originally recorded with another female singer, he was made at Teena at the time, and didn’t want her to appear on the single, after she broke off there engagement.
  • Produce Teena Marie‘s long-awaited debut album. James originally had planned to produce a full album for Diana Ross but when Motown told him they only wanted four songs he then gave the entire albums material to his protege’ Teena Marie! 



Bonus: Rick was invited by a friend to party at actress Sharon Tate’s Hollywood mansion on the night of August 8, 1969 the night of the Mason Tragedy.

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