Urban Rapsody

Urban Rapsody

by Rick James

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Urban Rapsody

Rick James spent most of the '90s either fighting the law or incarcerated, which naturally hurt his career. But what was more damaging to his musical reputation was the fact that he had spent the latter half of the '80s in creative limbo, producing only a handful of worthy tracks. Urban Rapsody was the 1997 comeback effort that was supposed to restore his personal and professional reputations, and to a certain extent, it does just that. The media blitz that accompanied its release did forcefully bring him back into the spotlight, and his collaborations with Snoop Doggy Dogg and Rappin' 4-Tay brought him to a younger audience, while his collaborations with Bobby Womack and Charlie Wilson retained his older following. However, Urban Rapsody doesn't really offer anything new -- it's the same collection of smooth ballads and freaky urban funk that he'd been peddling since the late '70s. The lack of variety is a bit of a disappointment, but that disappointment is tempered by the fact that much of the album is well crafted and performed, illustrating that James has not entirely lost it. While the lack of variety prevents Urban Rapsody from being a totally triumphant comeback, the cuts that do work help make the record his best album in over a decade.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/1997
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0646341707026
catalogNumber: 417070

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rick James   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Teena Marie   Background Vocals
Bobby Womack   Vocals,Background Vocals
Penny Ford   Background Vocals
Snoop Dogg   Rap
Rappin' 4-Tay   Rap
Oscar Brashear   Trumpet
Kimberly Brewer   Background Vocals
John Ervin   Trombone
John Forbes   Keyboards
Doug Grigsby   Bass Guitar
Kenny Hawkins   Guitar
Michael Hunter   Trumpet
Daniel LeMelle   Flute,Keyboards,Saxophone
Jai Vatuk   Guitar
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Charlie Wilson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Allen McGrier   Bass Guitar
Julia Waters   Background Vocals
Lisa Sarna   Background Vocals
Neb Love   Rap
Barry Sheppard   Guitar
JoJo McDuffie-Funderburg   Vocals,Background Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Bryant Woodert   Background Vocals
Ricky Ricardo   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Taylor Alonso   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Lisa Daniels   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Eddie Drayton   Percussion
Eddie Townes   Guitar
Diana Petras   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Rachel Smith   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part

Technical Credits

Rick James   Arranger,Producer
Bobby Womack   Contributor
Snoop Dogg   Contributor
Rappin' 4-Tay   Contributor
Bobby Brooks   Engineer
Daniel LeMelle   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Charlie Wilson   Contributor
Misa Takada   Artwork
Jo-Jo   Contributor
Tim Alexander   Artwork,Art Direction

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