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If a recording artist can put out a classic album, it's like almost winning the lottery. Everybody knows it, everybody loves it, and the music will last for generations to come. The flipside is: everything you do afterward will be compared against it. Slick Rick already had two landmark songs ("The Show" and "La Di Da Di," both with Doug E. Fresh) when he released his first album, The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, in 1988. With his chilled-out, accented flow, impeccable storytelling skills, signature eyepatch, and gold-drenched, Mr. T–times–10 fashion sense, Slick Rick became an international sensation. That album topped the charts and spawned several quintessential singles. Then, at the height of his fame, Slick Rick was arrested and convicted for attempted murder; he spent five years in prison. The Ruler's Back was recorded when he was out on bail awaiting trial and was far less successful than his debut. Regardless, this is a rock-solid, if woefully overlooked, album that slipped between the cracks. Produced by Slick and longtime collaborator Vance Wright, it's a forgotten gem from one of the best lyricists ever. 

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Thank You Itunes! All hip hop icons should have all of their early work available. The next level would be the Remixes that accompanied the 12 inches records on the B-side.



Real hip hop is here

Thank you iTunes for bringing. Real rap/hip hop music back slick rick is one of the G.O.A.T he just don't rap he is a story teller and that is what he did his music was made to be understood in which made the way for what was to come.


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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