For most adults under the age of forty, “I’m Rick James
, bitch” was a statement of intent. The artefactual pop-culture catchphrase stems from The Chappelle Show sketch “Charlie Murphy
’s True Hollywood Stories,” which catapulted the “Super Freak” hitmaker back into public consciousness. The segment didn’t simply pitch the singer-songwriter-producer as an easy, unfortunate punchline. It added to his mythos: People wanted to know about the coke-fueled parties, the abundant orgies, and the other major celebrities James crossed paths with.
Director Sacha Jenkins
(“Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men
”) scratches the itch that first surfaced in 2004 when the Chappelle Show sketch premiered.
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