Rick James is the name of an IRL hoax perpetrated by Dave Chappelle from February 1, 1948 to February 11, 2004. This is considered by many to be the single greatest hoax in history and many people wonder how Dave managed to create a character, release music under that character's name and do shit loads of drugs before he was even born. The hoax proved that we are all "Rick James' Bitch" figuratively speaking.
Many people believe that "Rick James" was a songwriter, musician and producer. This is despite the fact that for the exception of "Super Freak" (made famous by MC Hammer), no one actually knows any of his music. At that point, Rick began to get angry due to the fact that no one really listened to his shit and later beat his girlfriend that he later figured out was 50 Cent's mother. "Rick James" was also the "producer" of Eddie Murphy's single "Party All the Time" and if that isn't proof of a hoax then I don't know what is.
Quitting Hoax Forever
After Dave Chappelle thoroughly pwned the entire universe with his hoax, he decided to do the only honorable thing: kill off the character. This stands in sharp contrast to Saturday Night Live pimping out every funny or unfunny sketch to Hollywood. After one final performance, Rick James was killed off on August 6, 2004.