Give It to Me Baby

Album: Street Songs (1981)
Charted: 47 40
  • In this #1 R&B hit, Rick James comes home intoxicated and plead for some of that "funk that sweet that funky stuff." Her reply: "Say what?!"

    James explained: "I wrote it because I had come home one night and my old lady was in bed and I wanted to mess around, but I was too drunk. So I sat at the piano and wrote the song."
  • This was released as the first single from James' fifth album, Street Songs, beating out "Super Freak" for the honor. Like "Super Freak," it's the funky sound that carries the tune, and certainly not the message. James explained to Musician magazine, "'Give It To Me Baby' was another silly song. Matter of fact, most of my songs that are hit records are silly. Most of my serious stuff is stuck on albums."
  • Listen for the off-the-beat tom-tom drums in this song, which James overdubbed to create a distinctive track. James would create a "skeleton" of a song, then look for unusual elements to "color it."
  • In the 2019 Netflix series Living With Yourself, the main characters have fond memories of doing a choreographed dance routine to this song at their wedding. When they hear the song, they feel compelled to do their dance.

    Other TV shows to use the song include:

    Pose ("Revelations" - 2019)
    Scandal ("Icarus" - 2013)
    Private Practice ("Serving Two Masters" - 2008)
    The Wire ("Margin of Error" - 2006)

    And in these movies:

    Think Like a Man Too (2014)
    Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (2011)
    Bride Wars (2009)
    Big Momma's House (2000)
    200 Cigarettes (1999)
    She's All That (1999)

Comments: 1

  • Kavin from IllinoisWho is the lady and what is her name, in this video give it to me baby?

    Love Rick James AKA James Johnson, Jr.
see more comments

Movie Stars In Music VideosSong Writing

Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Mila Kunis and John Malkovich are just a few of the film stars who have moonlighted in music videos.

Janet JacksonFact or Fiction

Was Janet secretly married at 18? Did she gain 60 pounds for a movie role that went to Mariah Carey? See what you know about Ms. Jackson.

Kerry Livgren of KansasSongwriter Interviews

In this talk from the '80s, the Kansas frontman talks turning to God and writing "Dust In The Wind."

Soul Train Stories with Stephen McMillianSong Writing

A Soul Train dancer takes us through a day on the show, and explains what you had to do to get camera time.

Dave Pirner of Soul AsylumSongwriter Interviews

Dave explains how the video appropriated the meaning of "Runaway Train," and what he thought of getting parodied by Weird Al.

Adam Duritz of Counting CrowsSongwriter Interviews

"Mr. Jones" took on new meaning when the song about a misguided view of fame made Adam famous.