Showtime has shared a new trailer for a documentary on Rick James, titled Bitchin’: the Sound and Fury of Rick James.
“I want to be nasty, and I want to be raw,” James says in the two-minute clip.
The documentary is directed by Emmy-nominee and hip-hop journalist Sacha Jenkins. The film will explores the lows, highs, and exciting moments of one of the most controversial and confrontational figures in the history of R&B music.
The Grammy-nominated funk icon, who died in 2004, is known for his 1980s hits like “Super Freak” and “Give It to Me.”
The film, which screened at the Tribeca Festival in June, will premiere on Friday, September 3 at 9 p.m.
Previously, speaking about the documentary, Jenkins had said, “The ‘wild’ side of Rick James often eclipses his musical genius, but the mathematical equation that is his life depends on all of the numbers to make a whole.”
“Our aim was to create a balanced portrait of a brilliant artist who both chased his dreams and stalked more than a few demons. Still, his influence on funk and popular music and culture is unparalleled, and his eventual rise to the top is easily more compelling than any freebase rush,” he added.
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