Throwback: Black History Month: Rick James

This particular video is a straight rip off of Prince’s Purple Rain and is somehow even worse than that. But at least it’s funny because it’s so bad. Man, it’s awful in every possible way.

Today is the second day of Black History Month. And over the course of the month, I’ll spend some time paying tribute to Black artists across a wide and diverse array of genres and styles. My hope is that these posts should serve as an important reminder that the Black experience is the American experience, that Black culture is American culture — and importantly, Black lives and Black art matter. You can’t love Black art and Black artists without giving a shit about Black people.

This month won’t be a comprehensive study of Black music. It’ll be more idiosyncratic because — well, JOVM after all. Now, if you’ve been following this site, you may recall that so far I’ve paid tribute to Chaka Khan, the Reverend Al Green and The Whispers.

I gotta pay tribute to Buffalo‘s finest, and one of the baddest motherfuckers to ever have done it, Rick James.