Rick James' Sad "Glow"

There’s a reason that Dave Chappelle’s “I’m Rick James, bitch” became quotable. Beyond the immediacy of the line, it also captured the attitude we associated with the funk icon. The libidinous ego encapsulated in the line is the reason I was optimistic about Rick James’ autobiography Glow. Best case scenario: an insider’s look at ’70s funk, from Motown to Prince, told with a health—or unhealthy—dose of attitude.