The album Rick James was working on before his 2004 death will be released in early May, the artist’s business manager, Ron Kramer, tells Billboard.com. The as-yet-untitled set features tracks James wrote in the last two or three years of his life; it will be released by Stone City Records.
"This is one he really wanted out," Kramer says of the project, which was originally due in August 2005 via Sanctuary. "He really didn’t want anybody else on these songs. He wanted to prove himself again. He wanted people to enjoy him; his music."
The album’s first single, "Deeper Still," will hit urban radio in late January. A 30-second snippet of the cut, which features longtime collaborator Danny LeMelle, can be heard on James’ Web site. Kramer adds that there is more unreleased James music in the vault, and that he is interested in working with Universal to compile deluxe editions of the artist’s back catalog.
In addition, "Memoirs of a Superfreak," an autobiography James wrote while incarcerated at Folsom Prison from 1993-1995, will be released in April via Amber Communications.