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The Art Of Storytelling Explicit Lyrics

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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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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,942 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Carltouis Stevenson on 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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By JiggaJ1979 on 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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By juggy on January 24, 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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 reason is not available on amazon and is almost impossible to find explicit). "STREET TALKIN" is actually suppose to be the art of story telling part 3.....which is why def jam named the album "the art of story telling". "KILL NI**AZ" was kinda shocking 2 me until i did some research on rick. "FROZEN" with raekwon is 1 of my fav. songs. rick seems to easily flip flop between "flashy fashion crazed" and "hardcore street" hip hop without missing a beat. its a great cd OR TAPE!!!!! THE 2 TRACKS THAT ARE ONLY ON THE CASSETTE VERSION ARE "I SPARKLE" PRODUCED BY LARGE PRO. (THIS SONG DOES APPEAR ON "THE WILD WILD WEST SOUNDTRACK" BUT......ITS CLEAN) AND FRESH WITH JERMAINE DUPRI (WHICH IS ON JD'S "LIFE IN 1472" ALBUM). "La Di Da Di" And "The Show" only appear on the cd version.
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Ricky D. was not playing any games with this album. The lyrics are excellent although his smooth low-tone voice makes it hard to hear what he is saying. Some of the beats weren't given as much attention as the lyrics, but I find myself playing select cuts over and over again. If you are a fan of lyrical hip hop, you need this Cd. This is the type of artist we need on the radio today.
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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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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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