Slick Rick's real return to hip-hop after his prison sentence, complete with all star production and guest spots everywhere. Rick's flow is as impeccable as ever, and the production is deeper and richer than his classic first album even if the rhymes aren't always up to the same quality as his old work. You don't go to Rick for lyricism though, you go to him for style, and he's got it in spades here. Underrated album.
This low rating is a travesty. Slick Rick is a pioneer of his craft. His technique is unique to say the least. He has influenced everyone from Snoop Dogg to Nas. This CD, although repetitive at times, more than makes up for its tediousness with his sheer lyrical skill and his fluency of delivery. Listen to Me & Nas, I Own America Part 1, and Unify. Great songs. Great songs.