Rick James

Give It to Me Baby

Composed by Rick James

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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.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1973
Various Artists
Motown
Street Songs 1981 Motown 4:05
No Image 1983
Various Artists
Motown
No Image 1984 Motown
No Image 1986 Motown
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Priority Records
Rick & Friends 1992 Priority Records 4:17
Hot & Sexy, Vol. 2: Passion & Soul 1993
Various Artists
Priority Records
Hitsville USA, Vol. 2: The Motown Singles Collection 1972-1992 1993
Various Artists
Motown 3:54
Bustin' Out: The Very Best of Rick James 1994 Motown 4:11
Jointz From Back in da Day 1994
Various Artists
Quality Music 4:18
Motown Legends: Give It to Me Baby 1995 Esx Entertainment, Inc. / Motown 4:08
Funk Classics: The 70's 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records 4:09
From Hip to Hop, Vol. 1: Funkbots 1995
Various Artists
Orchard Lane 4:08
Funkology, Vol. 2: Behind the Groove 1995
Various Artists
Motown 5:42
Old Skoolin' 1996
Various Artists
Quality 4:15
BET 15th Anniversary Music Collection 1996
Various Artists
Rhino 4:10
Roller Disco: Boogie from the Skating Rinks 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:53
The Ultimate Collection 1997 Motown / Universal Music 4:07
Soul Classics: Best of the 80's 1998
Various Artists
Rebound Records 4:05
Strip Jointz, Vol. 2: More Hot Songs for Sexy Dancers 1998
Various Artists
Robbins Entertainment 4:15
Pure Funk, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Mercury / Polygram 4:05
Funkdamentals 1999
Various Artists
The Right Stuff / Capitol 3:55
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best of Rick James 2000 Motown / Universal / Uptown/Universal 4:06
Blues & Soul, Vol. 7: 1980-1981 2001
Various Artists
Connoisseur / Connoisseur Collection 3:52
The Ultimate Jukebox Hits of the '80s, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Collectables 4:05
Solid Gold Funk 2002
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:08
40 Years of Jukebox Hits: The 50's, 60's, 70's & 80's 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 4:05
Old School Funk, Vol. 4 2002
Various Artists
Thump Records 4:01
The 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: Motown 1980s, Vol. 1 2002
Various Artists
Motown 4:10
Just the Funk '80s 2002
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 4:05
Best of Soul 80s 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:05
All Night Long: Classic Motown 12 Inch 80s Grooves 2003
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 5:35
No Image 2003
Various Artists
Ex Works
Greatest Hits [Universal International] 2004 Motown 4:15
Superstars of Seventies Soul 2004
Various Artists
Shout! Factory / Sony Music Distribution 4:03
Ultimate Funk [Madacy] 2004
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:51
Much Dance 80's 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Gold 2005 Motown / Universal 4:10
Funk Gold 2005
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:10
Super Freak Live 1982 2005 Eagle Vision
Clubplanet Party Mix 2005
Various Artists
Rhino 3:20
Ultimate 16: Funk Masters 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 3:51
At Rockpalast 2005 Ard / Ard Video 7:33
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Funk, Vol. 2 2006
Various Artists
Universal International 4:09
The Definitive Collection 2006 Motown / Uni / Universal 4:08
Essential Hip Hop 2006
Various Artists
Warlock 4:18
Old School Jams, Vol. 6 2006
Various Artists
SPG 5:40
Body + Soul: Blue Lights in the Basement 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:07
The Greatest R&B Hits of All Time 2006
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 3:52
Culture Club, Vol. 5: Pt. 2 2007
Various Artists
541 5:00
Motown Number 1's, Vol. 2 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:52
True Funk 2007
Various Artists
Universal 3:51
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Podis
Old School, Vol. 10 2008
Various Artists
Thump Records 4:07
Don't Quit Music: '80s R&B Burn & Groove 2008
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:40
Pure Disco [Universal] 2008
Various Artists
Universal Music Group 3:49
To Dad From Motown 2009
Various Artists
Universal Distribution / Universal Music 3:48
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son 2011
Original Soundtrack
Rhino 3:53
Disco Giants, Vol. 8 2012
Various Artists
PTG 5:37
The  Complete Motown Albums 2014 Motown 4:08
Funk the Disco
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound
Old School Hip Hop Jams: Old School Jams, Vol. 6
Various Artists
Spg Music Ltd. 5:40
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:54
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
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