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Slick Rick

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 murder. Out on bail thanks to Def Jam Records' label head Russell Simmons, Rick recorded The Ruler's Back in three weeks and released the album in 1991. After his release from prison two years later, he recorded Behind Bars for a 1994 release.

Born to Jamaican parents in South Wimbledon, London, on January 14, 1965, Ricky Walters was blinded by broken glass as an infant and took to wearing an eyepatch from an early age. He emigrated with his family to the Bronx in the late '70s and attended the La Guardia High School of Music & Art, where he became friends with future rapper Dana Dane. The two formed the Kangol Crew, and began performing in hip-hop battles around the city. At one 1984 battle in the Bronx, Rick met Doug E. Fresh, and began playing with his Get Fresh Crew (which also included Chill Will and Barry Bee). Fresh's number four R&B hit, "The Show," exploded just one year later, and MC Ricky D. -- as Rick was then known -- leaped to a solo contract two years later, after an acquaintance with Russell Simmons led to his signing to Def Jam Records, the biggest label in hip-hop at the time.

Slick Rick recorded his debut record, The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, and released the album in 1988. "Treat Her like a Prostitute" became a sensation on the streets but R&B radio stations were understandably reluctant to play the track; instead, they pushed his duet with Al B. Sure!, "If I'm Not Your Lover," and it made number two in 1989. "Children's Story" hit the R&B Top Five that same year, but early in 1990, Slick Rick was arrested after shooting at his cousin -- who allegedly harassed Rick's mother -- and leading police on a high-speed cruise. Before his sentencing, 21 songs were recorded and hastily released as The Ruler's Back. The album failed to move at all, though Rick's confession track "I Shouldn't Have Done It" scraped the R&B charts later in 1991. Featured in the rap documentary The Show (released in 1995) -- in a segment where Russell Simmons actually visits the prison -- Slick Rick was released on a work program in 1996, although his Behind Bars album appeared in 1994. Art of Storytelling was issued in 1999, an artistically successful comeback that paired him with MC's like Outkast and Snoop Dogg but did more the emphasize his talents as a solo artist.

While performing live on a Florida cruise ship in the summer of 2002, INS officials seized the rapper and brought him to a prison. Although the organization had unsuccessfully been trying to deport Rick since 1991, they finally appealed enough times to get the Board of Immigration Appeals to make a ruling in favor of sending him back to England. Although his wife, children, and parents are all American citizens, the fact that Rick was born in England is enough of a technicality to warrant his deportation. The situation was even more frustrating because of the INS's insistance on deporting the rapper, spending more than ten years trying to send him back despite the ridiculous circumstances surrounding the situation. His parents had lived in London because of their job situation, and moved him back to the United States at the age of 11. He had never bothered to change his citizenship because of the young age at which he had been relocated. Held in prison through the end of the year, famous friends like Russell Simmons and Will Smith attempted to help his cause but he was continually refused bail. ~ John Bush
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Art Of Storytelling (Explicit Version)

1. Jail Skit

2. Kill N**gaz

3. Street Talkin'

4. Me & Nas Bring It To Your Hardest

5. I Own America Part I

6. Bugsy Radio Skit

7. Who Rotten 'Em

8. 2 Way Street

9. King Piece In The Chess Game

10. Trapped By Me

11. Impress The Kid

12. Q-Tip & Peter Gunz Skit

13. I Run This

14. Frozen

15. Why, Why, Why

16. Adults Only

17. Memories

18. Unify

19. Bugsy Radio Skit

20. I Own America Part 2

21. CEO Outro

22. We Turn It On

23. La Di Da Di Live (live)

24. The Show Live

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Track List: Behind Bars

1. Behind Bars

2. All Alone (No One To Be With)

3. Sittin' In My Car

4. A Love That's True, Pt. 1

5. Cuz It's Wrong

6. Let's All Get Down

7. I'm Captive

8. Get A Job

9. A Love That's True, Pt. 2

10. It's A Boy (Remix)

11. Behind Bars (Dum Ditty Dum Mix)

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Track List: The Ruler's Back

1. King

2. I Shouldn't Have Done It

3. Bond

4. Moses

5. Tonto

6. Mistakes Of A Woman In Love With Other Men

7. Venus

8. Ship

9. It's A Boy

10. Top Cat

11. Runaway

12. Slick Rick - The Ruler

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Track List: The Great Adventures Of (Explicit)

1. Treat Her Like A Prostitute

2. The Ruler's Back

3. Children's Story

4. The Moment I Feared

5. Let's Get Crazy

6. Indian Girl (An Adult Story)

7. Teenage Love

8. Mona Lisa

9. Kit (What's The Scoop)

10. Hey Young World

11. Teacher, Teacher

12. Lick The Balls

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Street's is Talking Baby....It's Tru B**CH
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Unique east coast original music.
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Hey everyone the world is yours
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He is always be one of the best to ever be in the GAME!!!!!!!!
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If they had a ranking for the best ever rap record this would be number one
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mrmonroy2003
Top 10 albums of all time.
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ramonassmile
Children story is one of my favorite slick rick songs
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The $lickster
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Seen him twice in the last 8 months. He may wanna retire. Doug E tho stills can do it.
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Loved the slick rick....this was REAL hip hop
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..,..and you ask."Whyare our younger generation.S o far more advanced, Than we were?
BECAUSE THEY KNEW ABOUT SLICK way before Rick made it in the "STUDIO".... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Who killed the D.J??? Ive been in deep thought after shaving and a joint to spark this idea....but am i the only one who noticed a dramatic change in the music with the death of the d.j!!!! I dont know, but the music seemed more gritty and original when the d.j was a vital part of the hip- hop. Dont get me wrong, alot of tracks today are masterfully put together. But theres something about a d.j putting his or her hands on vinyl and putting a track under a mcs poetry thats magic. Much respect
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bruh....
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Master pimp big ballin still sounds good
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Back in the day music still love this til today
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U tink n**ga
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I think kurtis blow is the best.
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Slick Rick The Ruler!
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Yo
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Hip hop is nothing but the strength of the sole of all who love's music..
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"Hey Young World" is a rich commentary on society and strong advice to youth everywhere.
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Mona Lisa Classic Slick Rick & Douggie Fresh!!
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A-TOWN CLASSIC WORLD-WIDE CLASSIC!!!!! S L I C K RICK:LIVING LEGEND!!!!
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I heard crabs with spears and indian drums goin hey ya hey ha hey ya
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Now revenge is not a mission that the king is on just forgiveness that's required for the wrong that's done.
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SLICK RICK IS TRUELY THE BAC IN THE OLD DAY BASEMENT LISTENIN RAPPER. MY SONG IS HEY YOUNG WRLD THE WRLD IS IS YOURS AS WELL AS CHILDRENS STORY.
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Love this song
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www.therealm o n e y . i n f o
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God is an always will be 2 chronicles 7:14, God Bless, Peace;
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I truly believe that old school artist need to come back! An snatch back our youth with old school love!
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cmt1299
Great artist. Going to see him in concert on Friday. Can't wait.
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One of the most influential mcs of the game off top CLASSIC
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I luv this song,Slick Rick is a rap legend no doubt!
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best artist I grew up listening to
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The rulers back
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Love it love it sitting in the truck in Miami it's raining and I'm jammin Rick the ruler
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Love the music in the Brooklyn ENY was the best 80 90
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Ole my gosh! This is that "STORY" ! Rick put it down and that is why he wear the crown!!!! Stay up Rick! Real rap and hip hop!!!!
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https://yout u . b e / z y M E q l J a n 7 E
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thats whats up!!!
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jacob.charle s . 7 5 4 3 6
Talk about it...
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knock em out the box Rick....��
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Slick rick one of the best ever sense 305
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Slick rick,the ruler.your still the man.
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Also follow me
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Amazing way awesome million (THUMBS UP)
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Old skool rap from the 80's is 1000 times better than that s**t on the radio these days!
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I like Rick music
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Ricky D was so ahead of hip hops time. A Brit doing the states music better than most of us. Now it's a Brit here there and every where. Jus ask Dana Dane.. Dre's... Montell Jordan and so many other lil Ricky DS. Even nas. Best story teller rapper of all time
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