By: ShaCamree Gowdy
There’s a Rick James documentary coming to Showtime, and it’s supposed to show a side of the singer viewers have never seen before.
B*tchin’: The Sound and Fury of Rick James gives viewers an in-depth look at the iconic funk artist’s outrageously colorful existence, per its official Showtime description. It will feature original interviews with musicians, collaborators and friends on the “punk-funk” music he left behind while illustrating his fearless attitude and social justice activism, among other things.
The documentary also lays the foundation for a biopic, which James’ daughter Ty says we’re “absolutely” going to see in the future. There may be quite a few people who could do her father’s story justice, but Ty has her sights loosely set on Empire and Hustle & Flow star Terrence Howard.
“I love Terrence,” she said in an interview on SiriusXM Urban View’s The Clay Cane Show. “He looks like my dad’s family. He exudes that and I just think that he’s great.”
However, “that’s not to say that’s the end of the story,” she said, adding that regardless of who lands the role, her father’s biopic is “going to be interesting, guaranteed.”
Ty doubled as executive producer for the upcoming Showtime documentary. She says it was important to show who her dad really was behind the scenes as opposed to the public eye.
“It was super exciting, exhilarating, emotional, painful at times,” she said, regarding her work on the documentary. “But it was still just important to get the story across and out for people, because most people don’t know the intricate details of his life. They just know the sex, drugs and rock and roll.”
James began his solo career in 1977 with the release of his debut album Come and Get It! catapulting him to fame, per Biography.com. His biggest success, the Grammy-nominated “Super Freak,” was published in 1981 on the album Street Songs. He died in his Californian home in 2004 from pulmonary and heart failure.
B*tchin’: The Sound and Fury of Rick James premieres September 3 on Showtime.