Showtime’s Bitchin’: The Sound & Fury Of Rick James


( ENSPIRE Entertainment ) VIPs Gather to Honor the Legacy Of The Late Funk/R&B Icon Rick James in Showtime’s Premier of Bitchin’

ENSPIRE Contributor: LaShonda Thompson

Showtime premiered an advanced screening for the new documentary BITCHIN’: The Sound & Fury Of Rick James at IPIC Theatres in Atlanta. Atlanta’s elite gathered to pay homage and respect to the late funk/R&B icon, Rick James, while also hearing first hand what his daughter, Ty James, had to say about his life and legacy. VIPs in attendance included Ty James, Jazzy Pha, David Banner, Dallas Austin, Gary Wit Da Tea, Calico Jonez, Ty Young, Alvin & Calvin Waters, Ian Burke & more. In addition, the evening included a stellar performance by a band, performing a rendition of Rick James’ greatest hits.

“As the eldest, it is my responsibility to carry on this legacy. The marathon will continue forever,” says Ty James.

BITCHIN’: The Sound & Fury Of Rick James will premiere on Showtime Friday, September 3rd at 8/7C. Acclaimed filmmaker Sacha Jenkins directs this profile of legendary funk/R&B icon; this profile of legendary funk/R&B icon captures the peaks and valleys of his storied career to reveal a complicated and rebellious soul, driven to share his talent with the world. Known for his unapologetic and charismatic stage presence, James has celebrated his massive catalog of such hit songs as “Mary Jane” and “Superfreak. Sexuality, race, and the tumultuous stew of American culture contributed to the songwriter born as James Ambrose Johnson into the larger-than-life performer forever known as Rick James. Against a soundtrack that compels you to get out of your seat from the opening moments, Jenkins approaches his subject not with reverence but instead with indisputable care as he delves into the circumstances that birthed this one-of-a-kind personality. Surprising and enlightening, Jenkins’ film still pulls no punches to explore James’ tragic obsessions. Comprised of rare archival performances, animation, interviews with family and collaborators, and recorded conversations with James himself, this crowd-pleasing film proves the impact that this undeniable force had on American music and popular culture.

Trailer for BITCHIN’: The Sound & Fury Of Rick James:

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