Who is Rick James? Story behind Nicki Minaj's hit Super Freak Girl

Who is Rick James? Story behind Nicki Minaj's hit Super Freak Girl

Nicki Minaj released her brand new single 'Super Freaky Girl' recently.

The track got over 3 million first-day streams and Minaj earned biggest debut of solo female rap song in Spotify history.

The song was inspired by Ricky James track 'Super Freak' that was released in 1981.

His debut solo album 'Come Get It!' was released in 1978.

His 1980 album 'Street Songs' was his biggest hit with signature songs 'Mary Jane' and 'Super Freak'.

'Super Freak' was sampled in MC Hammer's hit 'U Can't Touch This' that garnered Hammer a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song. 

James got credit for the song via a lawsuit, becoming his only Grammy win.

He died on August 6, 2004, with a net worth of $250,000.