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Rick James gets confused with ''Superfreak'' singer

Rick James gets confused with ”Superfreak” singer — Hattiesburg city council candidate’s campaign signs keep getting stolen and defaced because his name is the same as the late funk artist

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He’s not Rick James, bitch! Okay, maybe he is. Hattiesburg, Miss., city council candidate Rick James says his campaign yard signs keep getting stolen or defaced to read like the Chappelle’s Show catchphrase about the late funk singer. ”We had one little old lady [call] us almost crying because somebody had written the B-word on her sign. She thought they meant her,” says James, 53. Luckily, he gets the joke (”Super Freak” is on the campaign answering machine), but he can’t afford it: ”Every time they steal a sign, they’re stealing a piece of my campaign.”