James Ambrose Johnson, Jr. James was born in Buffalo, New York. His father, an autoworker, abandoned him and his siblings when Rick was a child. His mother, a former vaudeville dancer, later reportedly ran errands for a Mafia family to make ends meet. James grew up singing on street corners with fellow neighborhood boys.
James should have stayed with Cannabis but he was a addicted to cocaine and used other real drugs. And thus died on the morning of August 6, 2004.