Posthumous Rick James Album Due Out

Tracks that funk legend Rick James was working on before his death last August will form the new album “Rick James Forever,” due Aug. 16 via Sanctuary. Although the final track list is not yet confirmed, has learned the set will feature a collaboration with James’ daughter Ty, “My Life,” plus “Do You Wanna Play?,” featuring Johnny Gill and Howard Hewitt.

Other cuts earmarked for “Rick James Forever” include “Taste,” “When Your Body’s Mine,” “Sapphire,” “Freak Baby,” “Sex Slave,” “Deeper Still,” “Funk With Me,” “Stroke” and “Brass Bed.”

Discussions are in the works for a James tribute concert to coincide with the new album’s release, but no details have yet been set.

James died Aug. 6, 2004, of a heart attack. The artist, who had battled drug addiction for years and suffered a 1998 stroke, had methamphetamine, cocaine, Vicodin and Xanax in his system at the time of death, according to the autopsy report.


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