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Super Freak

                   
"Super Freak"
Single by Rick James
from the album Street Songs
Released July 10, 1981
Format Vinyl record (7")
Recorded 1981
Genre Soul, funk
Length 3:24 (album version)
7:05 (12" version)
Label Gordy
Writer(s) Rick James, Alonzo Miller
Producer Rick James
Rick James singles chronology
"Give It to Me Baby"
(1981)
"Super Freak"
(1981)
"Ghetto Life"
(1982)
Music sample
 

"Super Freak" is a 1981 hit single produced and performed by Rick James. The song, co-written by James and Alonzo Miller, was first released on James' album Street Songs and became one of James' signature songs. It features background vocals from Motown labelmates The Temptations, in which the bass singer is James' uncle Melvin Franklin, and Canadian singer Taborah Johnson. "Freak" is a slang term for, as described in the song's lyrics, "...a very kinky girl / The kind you don't take home to mother". Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song #477 in its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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  Chart history

The song was a big hit for James in 1981, charting on the pop, R&B and dance charts in the U.S. On the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the song peaked at #16 in the fall of 1981 and spent 10 weeks in the top 40. Together with two other singles from Street Songs, "Give It to Me Baby" and "Ghetto Life", it spent three weeks at #1 on the American dance charts earlier that year.

  Cover versions

  Live cover performances

  Sampling

  • The riff of the song was most popularly sampled in 1990 by MC Hammer in his best known single, "U Can't Touch This". The song was also sampled Wassuup by Da Muttz in 2001.
  • Hip hop artist GZA/Genius sampled the song on his debut 1991 album Words from the Genius.
  • In 1997, artist Jude's song entitled "Rick James" (#28 Billboard Modern Rock Chart) featured the words "Oh, Rick James was the original Super Freak" in its chorus line.
  • In 2006, the Beatfreakz covered the song, as "Superfreak", and gained a #7 UK hit with it.
  • The title track of Jay-Z's 2006 comeback album Kingdom Come features a sample from "Super Freak".
  • In the 2007 song "Freaky Gurl" by Gucci Mane, the lines in the chorus pay homage to the original Rick James song.
  • In 2007, French actor/rapper Disiz la Peste released a rap song in French that uses of "Super Freak" as the instrumental backing.

  In popular culture

  • In the 1986 movie Heartbreak Ridge, Mario Van Peebles as Corporal 'Stitch' Jones, sings most of the song before he is thrown out of a bar.
  • An instrumental version of the song was featured in the 1992 movie Batman Returns.
  • In a 1998 episode of Just Shoot Me, disappointed to find out she hadn't been the inspiration to the fictional song "Nina in The Cantina", Nina Van Horn found solace in the belief that she was at least the inspiration to Rick James' Super Freak.
  • In the 2006 comedy film Little Miss Sunshine, Olive Hoover (Abigail Breslin) performs a burlesque routine to the song at a children's beauty pageant.
  • On the episode of One on One, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Alfonso Ribeiro sings the song on the season 1 episode, "Me and My Shadow" which originally aired in 2002 where Flex (Flex Alexander) and Duane (Kelly Perine) decide to have a high school band.
  • In Season 4 of the A-Team, Rick James guest stars and performs this song in the episode 'The Heart of Rock n Roll'
  • In an episode of George Lopez, George sings this song to the baby he thinks is in Angie's womb.

  See also

  References

  External links

Preceded by
"Try It Out" / "Hold Tight" by Gino Soccio
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
(with "Give It to Me Baby" and "Ghetto Life")

July 25, 1981 - August 8, 1981
Succeeded by
"I'm in Love" by Evelyn King
   
               

 

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