‘Bitchin’: The Sound and Fury of Rick James’: An Uneven Look At The Super Freak Hitmaker [Tribeca Review]

‘Bitchin’: The Sound and Fury of Rick James’: An Uneven Look At The Super Freak Hitmaker [Tribeca Review]
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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