Rick James – Super Freak
Album: Street Songs.
Songwriter(s): Rick James; Alonzo Miller.
Rick James (born James Ambrose Johnson Jr. February 1, 1948 – August 6, 2004) was an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer.
The famous bass line in this song was sampled by MC Hammer for his biggest hit, “U Can’t Touch This.” James filed suit against Hammer, which ended in an out-of-court settlement giving James a songwriting credit on the track. This resulted in James’ only Grammy Award when “U Can’t Touch This” won in 1991 for Best R&B Song.
This was released on Motown Records, and featured backup vocals by The Temptations, something James points out in the song when he screams: “Tempations sing.” One of their members, Melvin Franklin, was Rick James’ uncle.