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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Rick James (born James Ambrose Johnson, Jr) (February 1 1948August 6 2004) was one of the most popular artists on the Motown label during the late 1970s and early 1980s. James was famous for his wild brand of funk music and his even wilder lifestyle. As time went on, James was given the unofficial title The King of Punk-Funk. In later life, James's legal problems relating to drug abuse received much publicity.

In 1981 he recorded a concept album entitled Street Songs, which included James's biggest hit "Super Freak". The song featured guest vocals by The Temptations, and was sampled for MC Hammer's 1990 Grammy Award-winning song "U Can't Touch This", as well as Jay-Z's "Kingdom Come", released in 2006.

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