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Art of Storytelling [Explicit Lyrics]

Slick RickAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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listen  9. King Piece In The Chess Game [feat. Canibus] 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Trapped In Me 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Impress The Kid [feat. S&S] [Explicit] 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen15. Why, Why, Why 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen17. Memories 4:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Unify 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen20. I Own America, Part 2 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. CEO Outro0:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. We Turn It On [feat. Doug E. Fresh] 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. La-Di-Da-Di [feat. Doug E. Fresh] [Explicit] 4:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen24. The Show [feat. Doug E. Fresh] [Explicit] 6:09$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 25, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: May 25, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Def Jam
  • ASIN: B00000IFT2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,719 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Slick Rick boasts that he makes hip-hop that creates memories, and it's an apt description for an album that nostalgically recalls a different age of hip-hop. Unfortunately, the blast back to the past is mostly the result of an album that just sounds old--as if it's been collecting dust in Def Jam's attic for a while, what with Clark Kent's bare-bones production that pushes a boring formula of simplicity to tears. While some songs ("Sparkle," "Memories," and "Kill Niggaz" among them) have a spark of life, it's really up to Slick Rick to hold up the album's monstrous 23 tracks. His storytelling skills are all intact, whether on the X-rated tip ("Adults Only"), moralizing about infidelity ("Two Way Street"), or kickin' the playalistic game with Outkast ("Street Talk"). Overall, it's a likable album, but it suffers from obese length and bland production that only makes the experience seem longer. --Oliver Wang

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Said and done! February 13, 2005
Format:Audio CD
At first I was skeptical to buy it without hearing it first, but it came to be one of my favoriate albums. The downfall of this album is too many skits that does not move the cd along smoothly. The first song or track #2 "Kill Niggaz," Rick starts the cd off strong with the line, "Hoes ass kiss, 'cause I'm like Jason vision / releasing me a basket case from prison..." He adds color to all the tracks with his "singing" and descriptive vision of his lyrics. Just listen to "Adults Only," track #16. He puts a lot of rappers/emcees in check with "Impress the Kid," by saying "...girl catch this fever / and I don't need anyone else to rap with either / if this is based on skill / kill / anybody..." Slick Rick reigns as the Ruler. The most slept on and underated emcee/albums ever!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 1 of November 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD
the greatest come backs of the year I like about every song on this one it had gotten a whole lot of replay from me hot music!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SLICK IS SICK August 21, 2001
Format:Audio CD
What is the first thing you think of when you hear the name "SLICK RICK" is it excellence? originality? creativity? perfection? or is it all of the above?
Slick Rick is a pioneer in this art of hiphop. Slick Rick set some of the standards hiphop is all about today. Not only as music but as a culture as well.
The Art of Storytelling displays Slick with his most skill, and ability to show off his sick lyrics.
His storytelling abliity is amazing. He keeps the listener focused on the next thing he is going to say. Sure Slick isnt no Canibus or Chino XL, but the rhymes he drops are without a doubt something a real hiphop head can feel. The line from the track "I Own America Part 1" EVEN YA KIDS TELL YA THAT YOU AINT [cool]TO SLICK RICK, is pretty astonishing. There is so much much more.
Memories is the best track by far. Describing how hiphop used to be before the Jiggas or X's, the way that hiphop should be now.
Slick drops lessons on "Two Way Street", as well as others. "Street Talkin" with Outkast is a track just to let the world know Slick Rick is still the worlds biggest pimp. You see kats all day long trying to be a pimp or pimp something, but if you want to check out a REAL PIMP check out SLICK RICK, and if you havent checked out this album by now.... then you got issues.
Pick up this masterpiece.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slick Rick brings that loving feeling back to Rap January 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD
In 1999, Rick made a big return to the game with this effort, his first since being released from jail. I haven't heard "The Ruler's Back" or "Behind Bars," but this could legitimately be considered the follow-up to his historic debut "The Art Of Storytelling." The title of this is a little misleading, since Rick only tells a handful of his world-renown tales on this album. The rest of the album contains braggadocio, battle rhymes, and such. That sounds disappointing, but Rick wears the hat convincingly.

As much as I want to dislike Slick Rick the ruler, because of his arrogant attitude and his lack of respect towards women, I just can't hate him as I listen to his music. The man's just such a gifted MC, and he's been in the game since the mid-80's. He does curse more than ever on this album, and uses the p-word and similar words frequently, but his superior skill and assured cadence manifest throughout. He does drop a touch of wisdom every here and there, and even praises the Creator at some points. He's not one-dimensional. Rick leaves out talk about silly crap like cars, jewelry, drugs, gang activities, etc., but does include talk of two of his favorite pastimes: women and sex.

The first song, "Kill Ni***z," has him fantasizing about releasing all his pent-up rage right after being released from prison. Kinda interesting as he steps out of character. The next is "Street Talkin'"(w/ Big Boi) and it's about helping the kids grow to men. I like the chorus and the laid-back feel of this one. If you listen closely, "Who Rotten 'Em" is the best example of Rick's storytelling skills, and sits proudly next to his most famous tales. I think you already know what "Adults Only" is about, one of the most explicit and graphic songs EVER. But it's Rick, was anyone that suprised by it?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Writer in the Game October 12, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Ok now this is definately my all time favourite rap/hip-hop cd, and I've got about 300. No questions asked. If I'm looking for something to listen to I might put on some Biggie or maybe a little Pharaohe Monch or perhaps a bit of Wu in its many shades, but if these aren't making my head bob, I take them out and put in the most reliable cd I have, Slick Rick's "The Art of Storytelling." Every single time I listen to it I'm drawn in, I just have to listen to the whole thing in its entirety and still I marvel at Ricky D's immaculate talent. I should point out that I'm only 22 and Rick is one of the older cats in the rap biz. But does that matter, well yes if you're looking for something a little different, a bit old school, even incredibly talented. I especially love "Who rotten em'" (plait swings or have you forgotten him biggest big shot since King Tut and em') I mean how many songs are there that talk about pharoahs and lions and a young slaves chance at a better life? None, the way Slick does it. And of course THE most graphic song of all time has to be "Adults Only" such a brilliant mix of filthy lyrics and appropriately filthy sound smaples.
Personally as Rick says, I don't think he needs anyone else to rap with either although being a big Snoop fan the collabo with him and Kid Capri is beautifully woven together.
This is one of the only cds that I have bought that I wasn't even concerned about who was making what beat, everything fits perfectly, even the two mixes of "I own America" stand alone and don't bore you when you hear one right after the other.
Ultimately my all time favourite cd and I'm a legend so if you want to be as good as me get this album nephew.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary - Buy This Record
Such an important record. Every true hip-hop head should own this. It is absolutely incredible; that's all you need to know. Just own it, listen to it, learn from it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Oregon Jaybird
5.0 out of 5 stars Slick Rick, story telling perfected
Great album. Tis one here was long overdue. Rick is a rapper not ever to reach the fame he deserved
Published 6 months ago by David
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Instead, look in to getting one of his early albums. This is good, but not great like his early stuff
Published 7 months ago by The CRITIC
5.0 out of 5 stars He mastered the art
This is not the Great Adventures pt 2.Then again,it's not supposed to be.It's a reunion between him and hip hop,and it's a beautiful thing. Read more
Published 14 months ago by SxS
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Slick Rick Album
I believe the best Slick Rick album from start to finish. This album has such chuch songs as Slick Rick lays it down after being released from prison! Awesome Coming Out Album!!
Published 15 months ago by Vince Acadiz
5.0 out of 5 stars Slick Rick the RULER
One of the most slept on Albums of the entire decade. This album is joint from top to bottom. Get it.
Published 22 months ago by Daniel McDorman
4.0 out of 5 stars I SPARKLE
i had this on cassette back in 1999. i was 12 at the time and honestly i brought it off the strength of the video version of "the art of story telling" with OUTKAST (which 4 some... Read more
Published on January 24, 2012 by juggy
5.0 out of 5 stars wow what a come back
slick rick may have out done himself here its hard to imagine him haven another album this good i think it might even be better then the great adventures. Read more
Published on December 19, 2008 by Jammer Kingston
4.0 out of 5 stars THE WORST SLICK RICK ALBUM
Rick at his worst is still a 4star album..He's the best rapper ever by far..Its not even close..It's not hard to spit hardcore raps..anyone can do that.. Read more
Published on May 22, 2004 by rmc
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