Slick Rick
The Great Adventures of Slick Rick


3.5
great

Review

by Dustin Hedges USER (5 Reviews)
October 21st, 2007 | 33 replies


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Released in 1988, this is one of those albums that will still be heavily played and referenced to 20 years from now. Most likely more.

If and when you look for information on Slick Rick, it won't take long to find out how big of an impact he has made on the history of rap music. So for me to tell you that shouldn't be a big surprise. For me to tell you that The Great Adventures of Slick Rick is the artist's best work shouldn't be a big surprise. And for me to tell you that this album is one of the top 10 rap albums ever made shouldn't be a big surprise. But if any of that is new to you, then it is essential that you keep reading.

The Great Adventures of Slick Rick is Rick's debut album released in 1988 on Def Jam Records. Before this time, telling stories in the lyrics was not a common thing in the genre of rap music. Especially if it wasn't in first-person perspective. Slick Rick was quick to change this by laying down the 12 Commandments of hip-hop storytelling, also known as The Great Adventures of Slick Rick. From the release of this album onward up until this very day, if there's a hip-hop track out there that tells a tale, you can bet that it wouldn't sound the same if The Great Adventures of Slick Rick had not been released.

In this album the Ruler, with his unique light British accent, manages to rhyme phrases and words yet to be heard of at that time. It has a clear old school sound to it incorporating horns and Casio beats sprinkled all over. All bases are covered on this record. You got the classic storytelling songs that made him famous such as The Moment I Feared, Mona Lisa, and the popular single Children's Story. Rick includes a couple songs chock full o' morals clearly intended for younger audiences as life lessons. Songs like Hey Young World and Teenage Love get the job done here. Let's Get Crazy and possibly my favorite track on the album,The Ruler's Back serve as your 80's party jams. And finally you have your songs that managed to offend quite a few listeners like Treat Her Like A Prostitute and Indian Girl (An Adult Story). "An Adult Story" might just be an understatement as you can tell in just this small sample of the lyrics:

Well, he was playing with her tits, they were soft not lumpy
And then he cracked the legs like humpty-dumpty
Hes ***ing, sucking, also finger popping
He had, no intention of stopping


Though it's commonly agreed upon by most that this is a classic record, this is my personal review of the record. If I was basing my rating off of the influence factor alone, it would easily be a 5. When I commented earlier about this album covering all bases in terms of subject material, this could either be a good or a bad thing. Yeah it shows range, but for me the messages sent in these songs are so contradictory that it's hard to take his more serious songs......... well..... seriously. This is a record I put on when I want to hear a fun record. And I would be fine with a serious track like Teenage Love, but it seems to drag on a little too long. The beat is mediocre, so Rick's rhymes are the only thing to save the song. The problem is that there are too many long sections in the song without vocals. Hey Young World has a considerably better beat and kind of has a reggae feel to it. My only thing with this song is what I described earlier. He raps about how you should be respecting your mother over anyone, but of course you didn't forget the first track on the album, Treat Her Like A Prostitute.

I may bump this up to a 4, but whether I leave it at a 3.5 or move it up, I won't receive a 5 from me like I've seen many other review sites give the album. I would in a heartbeat if this was based on influence alone. But it's not and I can spot a couple of flaws that prevent it from being perfect. It doesn't matter what rating this gets though. The people who call themselves fans of hip-hop, but have yet to even give this album a spin are, as the Ruler himself would say, crumbs.


Key Tracks:
The Ruler's Back
Children's Story
Teacher, Teacher


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Doppelganger
October 21st 2007


3124 Comments


This dude sounds like a really bad pornstar name.

dub sean
October 21st 2007


980 Comments


lol is this album/review a joke?


Tyler
Emeritus
October 21st 2007


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You underrated the hell out of this, but I agree with a lot of what you said. Teenage Love does drag.

You should check out The Art of Storytelling, it's great.

lol is this album/review a joke?

You're a bloody idiot. This Message Edited On 10.21.07

Yyy
October 21st 2007


289 Comments


lick the balls is classic

Tyler
Emeritus
October 21st 2007


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

rode that ass till the pussy started yawningThis Message Edited On 10.21.07

dub sean
October 21st 2007


980 Comments


sorry, with the lyrics posted, i just have to wonder...

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
October 21st 2007


16089 Comments


lol slick rick

Iai
Emeritus
October 21st 2007


3553 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Really good album. "Treat Her Like A Prostitute" is a classic.

Monticello
October 21st 2007


805 Comments


Children's Story is excellent.

El_Shiznit
October 21st 2007


52 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sadly, I can't say I was joking when I wrote this review. It's that bad eh? Much of the album can be considered a joke, though, as I'm sure those parts were intended to be.

Apocalyptic Raids
October 22nd 2007


810 Comments


la di da di we likes to party

I need to check this album out. Snoop's cover of that song is so good.



botb
October 22nd 2007


9719 Comments


slick rick is one of the only great rappers still around. too bad he hasn't really made anything in a while. early hiphop like run-dmc and slick rick era was epic as all. and lick the balls is an amazing name for a song. haha.

Clampdown79
September 2nd 2008


2 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a very under-rated hip-hop album. Very few rappers can match the flow and smooth delivery of Slick Rick.

Erratic
September 2nd 2008


1120 Comments


I love the end of Indian Girl.

TheAztec
September 2nd 2008


7 Comments


Indian Girl (An Adult Story)

I think he is a porn star with a bad name

michaelbchnn
September 28th 2008


41 Comments


The Best Storyteller ever.

BludgeonySteve
January 5th 2009


558 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Quite polite like walter cronkite

bastard
September 6th 2009


3435 Comments


this album is awesome.

HalfManHalfAmazing
December 4th 2010


565 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HW7-jWNg3jc

Best Slick Rick song ever

random
January 11th 2011


2267 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Slick Rick is underrated.



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