Not only was singer/songwriter/producer Rick James creating hits for himself, but also for Teena Marie and his backing musicians the Stone City Band. James, whose credits include a '60s tenure as a staff songwriter with Motown, wanted to record ballads after having hits with such funk workouts as "You and I," "Bustin' Out," "Love Gun," and "Big Time." The fans must have wondered "where is the King of Punk-Funk?" Voting with the dollars, James' ballad album Garden of Love slowly eeked its way up the charts, barely earning a gold certification. Heeding the advice of others, James went back to the streets, literally, hanging out in ghettos and dealing with hookers. Coming home late one night, James wanted to mess around with his girlfriend but was too drunk. Instead he went to his piano and composed a song titled "Give It to Me Baby." The first single from his platinum Street Songs album, "Give It to Me Baby" held the number one R&B position for five weeks and hit number 40 pop in the summer of 1981. Its follow-up was the number three R&B/number 16 pop smash "Super Freak (Pt. 1)," which was the basis of MC Hammer's 1990 number one R&B/Top Ten pop single "U Cant Touch This." Street Songs stayed at number one R&B for 20 weeks and peaked at number three pop.