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Album Review

If there's one thing Slick Rick has mastered, it is The Art of Storytelling. Ever since his debut, The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, he has been known for his literate, winding narratives, but his career was marred by legal troubles that kept him in prison for much of the '90s. Consequently, The Art of Storytelling is only his fourth album, but it's the first to rank as a worthy sequel to his classic debut. The Ruler's Back came close to capturing the feel of The Great Adventures, but The Art has a continually stunning set of stories and tales, and the presence of guest artists — even rappers as talented as OutKast, Nas, Raekwon, and Snoop Dogg — only emphasizes what a singular talent Rick is. The smooth production may be a little bit mired in contemporary rap clichés, but it's all enjoyable. Besides, Rick is about the lyrics, not the music, and he has written a stellar set of songs here, songs that are continually surprising and thought-provoking. It's a masterful set from one of the true lyrical masters of hip-hop.

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Slick Rick is the RULER!!

This a classic album and should be a part of any true hip/hop fans library

Straight-up Masterpiece

Why is it that Slick Rick is still considered an old school novelty? This album is 100 percent proof that he still has it. Fresh out of jail; the freedom is reflected in lyrics throughout the album. That's something a washed-up MC couldn't do. Every song on here is a jam that sounds great on my stereo. It starts off with Kill N****az which is a hardcore Clark Kent beat with lots of bass. He's still the master of storytelling and one of the best rappers of today. He's got some of the best artists in the game on colloborations. Nas, OutKast, Canibus and Snoop Doog all do a duet with Rick the Ruler. However songs like "2 Way Street" and "Kill N*ggaz" proove that he doesn't rely on them like other mediocore comeback albums. LL COOL J might have a really nice body; but Slick Rick hasn't lost his skills. In fact I could argue that he's even better than before he was incarcerated. He's got one of the best flows and some of the best rhymes in the game. Slick Rick is a hip-hop god.


agreed, one of my favorite s.rick albums+ it has the show, and ladidadi live


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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