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Rick James Quotes
February 1, 2011 6:26 pm
The best quotes from Rick James... read them all here!   MORE
Quote of the Day, Bitch!
August 11, 2011 6:20 am
"When we play in front of a crowd, I want them to be blown away. I want to leave the stage knowing they were blown away and they had a good a time... it's all about get out there and kill 'em!"
Quote of the Day, Bitch!
August 15, 2011 6:00 am
"Our image is all about freedom. Getting high. Having a good time. It's like a big party."
Quotes
January 25, 2012 4:17 pm
"I'm still James Johnson. Rick James is a stage name. James Johnson keeps Rick James on the ground... Kind of sort of." –Rick James
Rick James Was Prescient
June 18, 2012 9:30 am
"...And holograms are going to be great. Holographic imagery. I think it's going to be the next step for music and TV." -Rick James in an interview with Bankrate in 2002
Quote of the Day
July 4, 2012 9:37 am
"After I saw Kiss on stage, I wanted my show to look like the fourth of July. The persona of Rick James was wild and crazy, sex, drugs and rock and roll." - Rick James
Quote of the Day
July 27, 2012 1:22 pm
"I wrote and produced millions and millions of selling records, so my publishing company alone was worth millions of dollars. I didn't have to work anymore in life because when the rappers started sampling... I'm the most sampled artist in history." - Rick James
Quote of the Day
August 15, 2012 1:44 pm
"You can't have rock and roll without drugs, you can't have rock and roll without sex." – Rick James
Quote of the Day
October 3, 2012 2:31 pm
"I had always been a free spirit, and always gotten what I wanted."
Quote of the Day
November 21, 2012 3:15 pm
"You can't have rock and roll without drugs. You can't have rock and roll without sex."  MORE
Quote of the Day
March 13, 2013 8:51 am
"Love me tender baby, I don't like no pain, make me surrender sugar, when you call my name." - My Name Is Rick  MORE
Quote of the Day
April 22, 2013 4:39 pm
"My music ain't no contrived bullshit. It ain't no sci-fi shit. It's the real fuckin' deal.” – Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
May 3, 2013 8:23 pm
"I betcha I'll make you holler."  MORE
Quote of the Day
May 18, 2013 11:39 am
"Off-stage it's cool-out time. You can't funk and roll all the time." - Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
May 20, 2013 4:24 pm
"I didn't really have anything. I had a little room that I lived in with a bed and a record player. And I had this group, and we were all very happy. We were all happy to be living a very free life." – Rick James, on his days in Toronto
Quote of the Day
May 24, 2013 4:18 pm
"If anything I consider myself non-violent. I'm from the hippy era, peace, love, groovy." - Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
May 29, 2013 4:44 pm
"My teacher said I would either be a hoodlum, or a great entertainer." - Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
May 31, 2013 3:46 pm
"It gave me a sense of independence. It gave me a sense of the whole traveling-minstrel thing. I was over there singing and playing for a living." – Rick James, on living in Europe in the 1970s
Quote of the Day
June 5, 2013 4:18 pm
"I hate to have people call me a funk artist. I always get upset when I hear that. I'm so much more than a funk artist. I love lyrics. I like to consider myself a good lyricist. I love classical music, and I love Indian music, and I love all these musics that I've studied. I love jazz and R&B, Latin, salsa music, all that kind of stuff. Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, and all that. My love for music ranges, and it's so deep. To call me a funk artist really undermines me, and everything that I've done."
Quote of the Day
June 12, 2013 3:24 pm
"I'm one of the baddest mother@%kers of all time..." - Rick James  MORE
Rick James on the Apocalypse
June 14, 2013 4:15 pm
"That's all. I think living on, my legacy, is all in the music. When the planet gets totally destroyed and everything, and the music is gone, then all the legacies will be gone. Until then, the music will speak for itself." – Rick James on the Apocalypse
Quote of the Day
July 10, 2013 3:47 pm
"Now is my time. Everything I've done up to this point is just a warm up. This is where it all begins." - Rick James  MORE
What Kind of Funker Are You?
July 15, 2013 7:54 am
"Funkers are people who dig the funk; Little funkers, Big funkers, Old funkers, Young funkers, Foxy funkers, Mother funkers, Papa funkers." -Rick James
David Ritz on Rick James
August 12, 2013 7:26 am
As the seventies melted into the eighties, Rick was bad, superbad, the baddest of the bad. His orchestrations were brilliant, his shows spectacular. He worked in the celebrated R&B instrumental tradition—percussive guitar riffs, busy bass lines, syncopated horn punches—extending from Louis Jordan, Ray Charles, Ike Turner, James Brown, Sly Stone and George Clinton . . . His funk was high and mighty while his attitude stayed down and dirty. His eroticism was raw. He was an early gangsta of love, outrageous, unmanageable, both benefactor and victim of his own inexhaustible energy."  MORE
Bob Doughty
August 14, 2013 7:22 am
"One night this extremely flashy black guy approached us and asked if he could sing a couple of numbers with us in our last set. We jammed on a couple of blues tunes, Stones tunes and were introduced to this non-stop moving, harmonica playing, wailing fool, the likes no one had seen before. The crowd ate it up!" – Bob Doughty on his first encounter with Rick James, whom he would later play with in White Cane.  MORE
Danny Marks on Rick James
August 19, 2013 7:47 am
"He was a larger than life sort of character, charismatic as hell and brilliantly creative in all these genres, all believable, all great song-writing." – Danny Marks on Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
September 9, 2013 7:58 am
"I'm really not tailored for responsibility." – Rick James, People Magazine, 1982  MORE
Quote of the Day
September 16, 2013 7:54 am
"You smoke a joint and write a song and next thing you know you've got a check in the mail... People rob banks and kill for a hundred dollars, and here come hundreds of thousands for something that took a few minutes. I think that's funny as hell." -Rick comments on how perplexing his success is to him. People Magazine, 1982  MORE
Quote of the Day
September 23, 2013 5:49 pm
"I wanted to play the Apollo Theater because I didn't think I was going to be on the earth long." - Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
September 25, 2013 7:28 pm
Well, when you put it like that: "There's so much music in me. I write songs like I sit on the toilet and shit, you know: It just comes out of me." – Rick James
Quote of the Day
September 27, 2013 4:18 pm
"I can't hang out as loose as I used to, but I can still go down Jefferson Avenue and look in the faces of winos, pimps and junkies, all the things I'm made of." – Rick James
Quote of the Day
September 30, 2013 3:34 pm
"I had always been a free spirit and always gotten what I wanted." - Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
October 9, 2013 10:35 am
Rick's showmanship was unmatched in his day. When asked about what experiencing his show is like, he said, "A lot of pyro, a lot of glitter, a lot of rhinestones. It was showtime, baby. Ghetto fabulous. We wanted to give black people a show, man... Everything that white kids were getting at KISS and other shows, we wanted to give to black kids." (Live Daily Interview, 2001)  MORE
Rick on Punk-Funk
October 21, 2013 7:15 am
"Instead of George Clinton science fiction, or doo-wop choreography, turn-around-and-lick-the-eyebrows, we're just gonna talk about the street. It'll be a real deal." (The Calgary Herald 1980)
Quote of the Day
October 23, 2013 7:32 am
"I hate to have people call me a funk artist. I always get upset when I hear that. I'm so much more than a funk artist. My love for music ranges, and it's so deep. To call me a funk artist really undermines me, and everything that I've done." (AV Club, 2001)  MORE
Quote of the Day
October 25, 2013 7:19 am
"I look at the audience, and I see older people out there having fun and grooving... But I also see young kids out there, too, checking us out. They come to the party to see if it's really real. Of course, they leave smiling, and they had a good time, because it was real, and it is real, and it goes on and on. It don't stop." (AV Club, 2001)  MORE
Rick on Rick
October 30, 2013 6:58 am
"I don't know, man. Somebody who just stood up for what he believed in, and somebody who was down for his race and who wrote some funky songs and made people dance, and who was a pretty good fucking producer. That's all."
Quote of the Day
November 8, 2013 12:17 am
"I feel that I have to say something in a song and that it's not just enough to lay down the music."  MORE
Quote of the Day
November 15, 2013 6:42 am
"Blacks have been suppressed for so long that they're a little apprehensive. Me? I'm not afraid of shit! I will tell you what the deal is and be very open." - Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
November 18, 2013 6:34 am
"I love marijuana — Mary Jane — and you can print that! I smoke it every day and it's the greatest thing since ice cream and I'm not afraid to say it." - Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
November 20, 2013 7:01 am
"Will the fame and money and shit change my attitude? Not really because I'm still the same person. Money has never had that much effect on me. I still go to the same places and do the same things I always did." - Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
November 29, 2013 9:34 am
"My music clears out your insides and you can have a good inner shit. Drop some Rick James music and it will give you mental diarrhea. So, for all you mentally constipated people, try my new album, "Fire It Up"!" - Rick James, Interview with John Abbey, 1979  MORE
Quote of the Day
December 9, 2013 8:03 am
"People love funk, people love to dance. I don't think, a lot of times, the rap on top of stuff really means or meant anything. To a lot of kids, as long as the beat was low-down and filthy, they loved it. A lot of times, you could get up and say anything on top of it: 'My asshole hurts,' or 'I got a hemorrhoid,' or anything. It really didn't matter. And it would sell, because the beat was so funky. A lot of stuff looked like that." - Rick James
Quote of the Day
January 3, 2014 10:11 am
"I'm trying to change the root of funk, trying to make it more progressive, more melodic and more lyrically structured." - Rick James
A Little Bit of History
January 6, 2014 7:11 am
Street Songs was recorded this month in 1981. After it was released it became #9 on the Pazz & Jop Critics Poll done by The Village Voice in the same year. Poll overseer, Robert Christgau wrote...  MORE
Quote of the Day
January 8, 2014 7:06 am
"You don't really know your own worth because you don't know what may happen tomorrow." - Rick James
Quote of the Day
January 13, 2014 7:36 am
"Punk Funk means to be one with yourself. To be rebellious, aggressive, able to do and say what you feel at all times, without inflicting mental or spiritual pain." - Rick James
Quote of the Day
January 17, 2014 7:49 am
"I'm a good songwriter, not a bad singer. A genius? No. Mozart was a genius. When he was three years old, composing. Stevie Wonder is a genius. To walk over to a synthesizer with more holes in it than Monica Lewinsky, and program it, that's a genius" - Rick James
Quote of the Day
January 31, 2014 7:41 am
"Punk, to me, is relatable because Punk Rock was poor, white British kids whose only vehicle to get away from their suppression and economic stress was through their music..."  MORE
Quote of the Day
February 10, 2014 1:27 pm
"I will not let these people dictate to me that because of this Rick James bullshit I got to learn from somewhere else. I got to stay on the street. If I stay out there in Hollywood my writing'll start to change." -Rick James  MORE
Quote of the Day
February 12, 2014 7:40 am
"Its concerns are basic: sex, drugs, sex, ghettos, sex, police, sex, love, passing the joint." -Dave DiMartino, Creem, December 1981  MORE
Legalization
February 19, 2014 9:57 am
As the debate rages in Washington about the legalization of marijuana, it can pretty much be boiled down to this: "I like marijuana, I been smokin' marijuana for many-many-many-many years. And I love it, OK?" –Rick James
#RockNRollLifestyle
February 19, 2014 9:59 am
On the Mynah Birds: "We had a manager who owned a mynah bird shop, and his brother wrote these mynah bird songs..."  MORE
Behind the Music
March 7, 2014 7:22 am
"'Below the Funk' is really one of my favorites. It's an afro-rhythm thing, but it's really just me telling people in my hometown, 'Fuck you. Kiss my ass, with all that bullshit talking about me being a faggot." ...  MORE
Quote of the Day
March 12, 2014 8:22 am
"The Moog company in Buffalo gave me a lot of new toys to play around with, so I put aside the stuff I'd originally written. The drum machine has become a new frequency, it's tuned into people's brains. Also, it doesn't talk back." – Rick James on experimenting with new sounds in 1984
Quote of the Day
March 17, 2014 6:56 am
"You've got love with me, hope, the future. I write about shit the way it is." – Rick James Which Rick song most embodies those ideals for you?
Quote of the Day
March 19, 2014 10:03 am
On rap: "I don't like the derogativeness of what a lot of it says, and the demeaning fact of how it puts the race. A lot of it, man, seems to be all about how women are hoes and bitches. Number one, my mother's not a ho, and not no bitch, and she never was." – Rick James
Influences
March 21, 2014 8:45 am
"Everything's an influence on me. Catholicism, Buddhist and Tibetan writings, Martin Luther King. I spend a lot of time at the ranch reading. I'm just happy when things are moving in a positive direction, when they're running smooth." - Rick James
Quote of the Day
March 24, 2014 9:56 am
"Whether you're rich or poor, life's still cold-blooded." - Rick James (NME, 1984)
On Reality
March 28, 2014 8:18 am
"I think people know that there's another side of Rick James. They realize that he couldn't create the music he creates if he was as much of a lunatic as people think." – Rick James (Musician Magazine, 1983)
Quote of the Day
April 4, 2014 7:16 am
"I love the way the English bands do it and that's how our show will be. They all build up this kind of mystique and charisma and yet it isn't pretentious..."  MORE
A Step Ahead
April 9, 2014 7:50 am
Rick was always a step ahead. When "Fire It Up" had just been released, an interviewer asked if he was thinking about putting out another album. Rick says to him, "The songs are finished already – all I have to do is record it."John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 1979  MORE
Labels
April 11, 2014 8:13 am
Rick never approved of anyone labeling his sound or his concept. "Let me label myself!" - RJ  MORE
Quote of the Day
April 16, 2014 7:55 am
"Every album I do will always be different... I don't feel I have one sound and I consciously try for a lot of different sounds." -Rick JamesJohn Abbey, Blues & Soul, 1979  MORE
Quote of the Day
April 21, 2014 8:16 am
"I feel that all music is valid and should be accepted as just that. It shouldn't be just a record business tool." - Rick JamesJohn Abbey, Blues & Soul, 1979  MORE
Quote of the Day
April 23, 2014 8:41 am
"I'm not a disco artist. I'm not a Rock artist or a Funk artist. I'm an artist." - Rick James, John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 1979  MORE
Donna Summer
April 25, 2014 9:02 am
"Now, Donna Summer isn't a disco artiste - she's Crisco! She's oiled all the way so she goes disco, popsco, MORsco." -Rick James, John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 1979  MORE
Quote of the Day
April 28, 2014 8:52 am
"You see, we all think we know so much and yet we understand so little. I don't think there is any hope of us solving our own problems. But individually we can all try." -Rick James, John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 1979  MORE
Quote of the Day
April 30, 2014 2:27 pm
"He had this charisma about him. He also had this energy and this total belief…this certainty of what he was going to do." - former Yellow Payges lead guitarist Michael Rumma  MORE
Style
May 5, 2014 7:00 am
You can't deny it; Rick had the look. "Swinging braids, fringes, leather, mucho macho posturing, a bass guitar, women and a spliff." -Lloyd Bradley, NME, April 1982
Quote of the Day
May 7, 2014 7:21 am
"It's so strange, that you can never tell what's going to work." - Rick JamesLloyd Bradley, NME, April 1982
Quote of the Day
May 14, 2014 9:20 am
"For the people who are buying the records... They put you up there, so give them the best you can. But as fast as you come up, you can go down." - Rick James, Lloyd Bradley, NME, April 1982
Pretty Much
May 16, 2014 7:47 am
"Rick James is all come-on, all egocentric hedonism, and he makes humpy, very alive party-rock." -Mitchell Cohen, Creem, 1982  MORE
Glow
May 19, 2014 9:03 am
"Glow is at its strongest not when the band is vamping, but when Rick James is crooning." - Roy Trakin, Creem 1985  MORE
Quote of the Day
May 27, 2014 7:41 am
"I think that for any artist to say that he's in touch with the pulse of the people is a good thing, but for him to actually believe that he knows what they're going to go for, he's got to be off in space!" -Rick JamesLloyd Bradley, NME, April 1982  MORE
Quote of the Day
May 28, 2014 7:46 am
"James comes on fast-talking and brash, like Sgt. Bilko engineering some scam." on Throwin' Down, Mitchell Cohen, Creem, 1982  MORE
Quote of the Day
June 6, 2014 8:34 am
"Rick James, lengths ahead of the field. No flash in the pan, just plain flash. Super Freak flash, pimp flash, ghetto flash - like a pre-army Elvis in a gold lame jacket and a pink Caddy or Bootsy and his Space Bass and star shaped shades - on the street yet up in the sky." Lloyd Bradley, NME, 10 April 1982
Quote of the Day
June 16, 2014 7:24 am
Rick talks about his early years before the fame: "I had begun to feel like a catalyst because everybody I had worked with had gone on to make it and I kept hearing about their Gold records and their Platinum records..."
Berry Gordy
June 18, 2014 8:32 am
From back in '84:, "Berry Gordy said you were a pussycat. Is that fair?" "I'm a pussycat, but if you fuck with me I'm a black panther. Berry Gordy is a pussycat."  MORE
Quote of the Day
June 23, 2014 7:19 am
"It sometimes would take the audience a little while to let go. Some people show a tendency to act at a concert [as they would at] a fashion show or in church, or somewhere where it's necessary to be cool. I don't think there's ever been a place where we didn't take all that cool shit out of people."
Quote of the Day
June 27, 2014 7:34 am
"Marvin's story is incredible. But wait until you hear mine." - Rick James to David Ritz. Get the whole story in GLOW. Pre-order now: http://bit.ly/1g6bgz7
Quote of the Day
June 30, 2014 7:42 am
"Between Parliament and Prince, Rick carried the banner of black pop over that fertile territory known as funk. As the seventies melted into the eighties, he was bad, superbad, the baddest of the bad." - David Ritz. Get the whole story: http://bit.ly/1g6bgz7
Rick James on Sampling
July 2, 2014 8:58 am
"My songs were risque. Right now its ridiculous... when they use the N word or the B word. I don't think you have to do that in a song. Plus is reflects too on the young".  MORE
Quote of the Day
July 7, 2014 10:39 am
"Well, Beethoven was a lunatic too. His image was completely maniacal." - Rick James, on his public image, Musician Magazine, 1983.


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