There once was a man called James
who liked to use different names
If you're slick and astute
by removing the fruit
your favorite flava remains
What was his middle name?
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His middle name is Ambrose.
The riddle is a limerick. Removing the fruit, "Lime", leaves "Rick". This points towards the musician Rick James, who used quite a few different names, one of them "Slick Rick". His real name was James Ambrose Johnson. Also, "Favorite Flava" is a song from his album "Urban Rhapsody".