As his approximately $35 million dollar estimated net worth proves, the late, great Rick James had chops that few pop stars before or since have had. And you also don't accumulate a net worth like that by being a comedy catchphrase – you do it with hard work, determination, and a healthy dollop of luck. His career in music had a humble beginning, with James singing on the street for tips. But he eventually got a record deal with Columbia, releasing a single along with his band The Mynah Birds entitled "Mynah Bird Hop"/"Mynah Bird Song." Unbeknownst to his band mates, James had joined the band while AWOL from the United States Naval Reserve. This led to their album being shelved, and James spending a year in the Brooklyn Brig. It was many years toiling in the music industry before his debut solo album Come Get It! was released in 1978. From there, he eventually came out with Street Songs two years later. It's this album that has what would become James' biggest hit and signature song "Super Freak." He never hit the same heights as he would during this period, but he remained a respected musician and solo artist until his stroke in 1998 left him a near-recluse. After enjoying a brief resurgence in popularity thanks to his appearance in a popular Chappelle's Show sketch, Rick James met his untimely death in 2004.