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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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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: #15,306 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

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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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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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who said rappers have no musicianship, part 4 August 19, 2000
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The original hard-core street poet is back with a super-funky, melodic album full of great hooks and self-searching raps. The guest rappers are all kept in check and Snoop even ends up doing one of his best raps under Rick's influence. Rick often makes fun of his own vanity along the way. The only other rap group I know of that matches Rick's level is OutKast.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong album February 25, 2000
By Andrew
Format:Audio CD
The Art Of Story Telling exceeded all of my expectations. I was most impressed with the production. It's so rare these days to hear original, well produced beats. But The Art of Story Telling delivers! The best track on the album is track #4 which features Nas. You'll be playing it over and over. I recommened this album, no question.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ruler's Back... There is no other November 16, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album about a month after it came out not knowing much about Slick Rick (I'd only heard him on the Jermaine Dupri track "Fresh"). Now I own all his album's except for Behind Bars, which I plan to buy soon. There is no other rapper I've ever heard that has the combination of style, flow, delivery, not to mention the straight skill that Slick Rick has. This is one of the few albums that I can sit down and listen to the whole thing without wanting to skip a song (and one of those other few is Rick's solo debut, The Great Adventures of Slick Rick). Most of Slick's songs are funny, have a message, and above all else are phat. Everyone I've played this LP for agree: it's dope, period. If you are a fan of hip hop, pick up Slick Rick's The Art of Storytelling if you haven't already.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars once again November 5, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
youve heard it once and youll hear it again.THE RULERS BACK.this album is rad and ive told all my friends to get it.i love how each song tells a story and has a sense of rocks
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4.0 out of 5 stars Portrait of the Artist as A Man June 15, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Slick Rick was responsible for one of the most memorable rap albums ever made (Great Adventures), and was a big part of one of the dopest 12" singles ever ("The Show"/"La Di Da Di"). Unfortunetly, because of his legal circumstances, his last two albums were not up to the standard that we were all accustomed to. In fact, I view this as the real follow up to Great Adventures. While this album is not a classic, it definetly shows Rick back in vintage form. "Who's Rotten Em" is hip hop story telling at it's finest and would fit perfectly in with Rick's classic tales. "Frozen" with Raekwon shoes that the Ruler can rock over a new school beat and hold his own with one of the tightest MCs of the day. But what this album ultimatelty shows is the maturity of the "Treat em Like A Prostitute" kid. Rick is a man now, and cuts like "Memories" and "Two Way Street" show that and still manage to be just as compelling as Rick was in his less 'enlightened' days. It is just a shame that we didn't get to evolve with Rick between Great Adventures and The Art Of Story Tellin'.
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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 9 days 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 19 days 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 1 month ago by The CRITIC
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Great Adventures pt 2
I wasn't looking for that,alot of rappers tried to go bacc in the time chamber but can't.Slicc came home switched the gold for plat an went to work on this banger. Read more
Published 8 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 9 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 16 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 Slick Rick brings that loving feeling back to Rap
In 1999, Rick made a big return to the game with this effort, his first since being released from jail. Read more
Published on January 26, 2005 by DukeOfEarl
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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