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Album Review

Within hip-hop, Slick Rick is arguably the most acclaimed MC of them all. Snoop Doggy Dogg, for one, owes a huge debt to his detached, effortless delivery on the microphone. At his best, Slick Rick was always coolness personified. The London-born artist's troubles, however, have been well-documented. They are further addressed by the man himself on the title track to this recording, completed during a work release program with the help of veteran hip-hop producer Prince Paul (Rick was in jail for the 1990 shooting of an innocent bystander while attempting to chase down a bodyguard). Before Ol' Dirty Bastard cornered the market, Slick Rick was rap's bad boy-in-chief. On this uneven record, he pays witness to the events that shaped him, rather than detailing his current incarceration. Regardless, there are times when the listener might wish for a more reflective and less violently female-baiting narrator; absolution and regret aren't particularly high on his agenda when he proclaims "bitches ain't no good."

Customer Reviews

appreciating tha old skool!!

slick rick is one of those artist u can listen to from beginning to adays its all about the beat but if u really listen to slick ricks lyrics...each song has a message and a moral....and its rare to find artist like that....overall its a great album that u can juss chill to relax and enjoy....

Great Album From A Hip Hop Legend!!!

Ricky Walters was and always will be one of the greatest rappers of all time. He pioneered storytelling in rap and his rhyming ability and flow is very unique and unmatched. With that being said many people still trash this album. Great Adventures was a classic album. This is true but Behind Bars still has hidden gems. Also, let's be fair to Rick. He was locked up when he did this record and most rappers nowadays couldn't make an album half this good if they were out of jail and had the whole industry backing them. This album is good in it's own right. It reflected what Rick was going through at the time. He was down and out and going through some hard times. His rhymes reflected that. Most rappers now would have lied through their teeth and said they were ballin and living the high life. Rick didn't do that. He told the truth about his life as he lived it. I think he should be commended for that. This album does have it's gems. My personal favorites are - Sittin' In My Car with Doug E. Fresh on the beat box, All Alone - another great story from the Grand Wizard, Get A Job - gotta love that one, Cuz It's Wrong and of course Behind Bars (The Dum Ditty Dum Mix). Oh, and the It's A Boy Remix is nice too. If you're a Slick Rick fan get this in your collection. Enjoy real hip hop again.

Slick Rick

is crazy. He has great flow on the mic and is a great storyteller. Cop this.


Born: January 14, 1965 in London, England

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Slick Rick foreshadowed and epitomized the pimpster attitude of many rappers during the late '80s and early '90s, with gold chains, his trademark eye-patch, and recordings that were no less misogynistic -- "Treat Her Like a Prostitute," for example, became an underground hit in 1988, though it was justly criticized for its view of women. His 1989 album, The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, was a certified-platinum classic, but before he could record a follow-up, Slick Rick was arrested for attempted...
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