• Rick James was an American music legend
  • His party lifestyle made him an icon of the 1960s and 70s
  • THIS is what led to his eventual demise

Born James Ambrose Johnson Jr. in, 1948, as a young man Rick was accompanying his numbers-running mother on her routes to bars. James got to see artists like Miles Davis and John Coltrane at work. James soon formed a band called the Mynah Birds and found some success.

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He also befriended Neil Young and met Stevie Wonder. In 1978, James released his debut album and soon became a star. His unique blend of music and debauchery made him unlike anyone else in the industry at the time...not to mention the boots!

Also interesting:

Touring the world while selling millions of records, James became so wealthy that his casual cocaine use of the 1960s and ’70s became a regular habit by the 1980s...

Watch the video above to learn more!