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199. Rick James

Go ahead. Try to think of our next artist without picturing Dave Chappelle’s impression or remembering how he became a drugged out caricature of himself at the end of his life. Sadly, these are the images that are best associated with Rick James rather than as the last great Funk star.

Rick James was not just a Funk legend. He was a star producer, arranger and songwriter. It certainly did not happen overnight as James did not have his first taste of real success until well to his thirties, but when he did he made the most of it and had several hits on the R&B chart. After focusing on producing, it seemed that the Hip Hop world had turned its back on James. Perhaps, the recipient of the most legal troubles and off studio behavior rendered Rick James to a late night punchline than a legend. If the music is ever focused on, Rick James could have a shot for the Hall, but the Rick James that people think of now probably won’t gain entry.

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Should Rick James be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 79.6%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 11.5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 6.2%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 2.7%

The Bullet Points

  • Eligible Since: Wednesday, 01 January 2003
  • Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Buffalo, NY)
  • Why they will get in: He was the last great star of his genre.
  • Why they won't get in: His unintentional comedic reputation is a major liability here.
  • Essential Albums: Come Get It! (1978)
    Street Songs (1981)
    Cold Blooded (1983)
  • Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: You and I (From Come Get It!, 1978)
    Mary Jane (From Come Get It!, 1978)
    Give it to Me Baby (From Street Songs, 1981)
    Superfreak (From Street Songs, 1981)
    Ebony Eyes (From Cold Blooded, 1983)

Should Rick James be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 79.6%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 11.5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 6.2%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 2.7%
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