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Great Adventures of Slick Rick

Slick RickVinyl
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

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  • Vinyl (January 14, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Def Jam
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,540 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Limited double vinyl LP repressing of this 1988 debut album from the Rap kingpin. The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick topped Billboard's R&B/Hip Hop albums chart for five weeks and peaked at #31 on the Billboard 200 chart.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Once Upon a Time not long ago..." April 13, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is the kind of album you HAVE to give props to. It is one of the most important albums in Hip-Hop's history, taking in account the lyrical advancements it made. Although the rhymes here are neither as complex as Rakim or Kool Keith's, nor were they as conscious as Chuck D or KRS-One (which all came out in '88), his style was on a different level. Before tracks rarely where held tight to one theme throughout their entire length and never had raps sounded like believable narratives. "The Great Adventures of Slick Rick" pretty much set the standard and became the blueprint for story-telling raps for every generation that followed.

Lyrically, Rick's raps still hold up well even by today's standards (which ironically seem to have taken a step backwards). His smooth voice & British accent draw the listener in as his flow takes you through a seamless ride. He has one of those voices that people instinctively like. There really is no rapper that can match Slick Rick's style and delivery. Only a young Snoop Dogg could be considered to be on that same level.

I can say that many of these beats do not hold up well over time (and for the casual rap fan, that's probably more than enough to discourage them). The horns and bass on "The Ruler's Back" sound corny, the Casio keys for "Teacher, Teacher" & "Teenage Love" are pretty lame and more often than not do the songs completely rely on Slick Rick to carry them. Fortunately, Rick's one of the best ever and does more than save these tracks - frequently he turns them into classics.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic From '88 (Rating: 10 out of 10- -5.0 stars) January 31, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Giving this album more praise is like beating a dead horse. You see the 5 star reviews and know how great Slick Rick is when it comes to his story telling abilities (except a few people, like the reviewer who doesn't know how to spell). What I believed is that Slick Rick was ahead of his time when he made this album, because no one could rhyme like he can (and people today still cannot do that). Everybody knows his huge classic single "Children's Story". My favorite from this album would be "Teenage Love" which is an excellent story about love. Other favorites would be the funny "Treat Her Like A Prostitute", "The Ruler's Back" (guess who made a cover of that song???), and the even funnier track "Lick The Balls".

Production here is great too. Handled by Slick Rick himself, Jam Master Jay, Hank Shocklee, and Erick Sadler, expect some nice production here. It may sound a little dated for younger ears, but trust me, you'll love it. Slick Rick opened the door for a new rhyme style in rap music. If you don't have this, you need to purchase this right away. Slick Rick would put together more excellent albums down the line, but everyone is going to remember him for this one here. Peace.

Lyrics: A+
Production: A
Guest Appearances: N/A
Musical Vibes: A+

Top 5 Tracks:
1. Teenage Love {personal favorite}
2. Children's Story
3. Lick The Balls
4. Treat Her Like A Prostitute
5. The Ruler's Back
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slick Rick's classic debut November 28, 2002
By Matthew
Format:Audio CD
Although we haven't heard much from Slick Rick since this, it was a fine way to start his career. I don't think any other rapper sounds like Slick Rick (even though some try) and none ever will. As you've probably heard he was hip hop's best storyteller, no one could paint a mental picture of a situation like Rick. "Children's Story" is one of the top 10 rap songs of all time, most would probably recognize the beat from a popular Montel Jordan song. If you're into hip hop, buy this.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have Album You Will Play Again & Again April 5, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Slick Rick is one of my favorite hip-hop artists and without a doubt this album is an example of the genre's finest old school sound. He is so original that you can recognize instantly his style from the rest and why he is The Ruler and one of the best. Also, understand why newer artists cover him, and mix in some of his cool lyrics, cause even they know, it doesn't get much better than this. Treat Her Like A Prostitute, and the well-known Children's Story are classics I never get tired of hearing, but the absolute treasure on this album is Hey, Young World. This song exceeds all standards and sends nothing but love, and Rick's message is one needing to be played often and to as many people as will listen. If I were to ever attempt to cover a hip-hop song, Hey, Young World would be it. Here is my tip or call it a helpful hint: Buy this CD now and when you receive it, bust it open, pop it in, and skip the player til you get to track number 10. Listen to it twice and then play the entire disc from beginning to end. And you heard it straight from the girl known as The One Woman Riot, real-deal Holyfield, and that means alot.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From a 34 year old White Boy September 28, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I bought Slick Rick "Adventures" when it first came out. I like Music from the Indigo Girls to the Beastie Boys and this is still one of the Best CD's I have ever owned. Ricks style is the most Unique Rap that has come out. He has Copied no one. Nowadays most Rap sounds the same, People have tried to copy Rick but have failed. He is the Best out there.
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Published 6 days ago by Edward Martincic
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 10 days ago by Jewuan Washington
5.0 out of 5 stars My brother calls this hip hops first classic album?
I say Run DMC first album{1984},four years before this master piece.But I still think this is better,and it always was... Read more
Published 12 days ago by SxS
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
Was great on time.will do again always
Published 20 days ago by john williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Old school
Pick this up so when I have that urge to go back I can pump it up with some real jam music!
Published 1 month ago by Rodney Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album by A Great Rapper!
One of my Favorite Rap Albums of All-Time. What I loved about Slick Rick was the stories in his rap and his delivery. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Janice Virtue
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic old school rap
One of my favorite all time raps! Heard it on the radio and decided to add to my collection. This song is a classic.
Published 4 months ago by vince linney
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
Slick Rick is a character and a talented and rapper storyteller. Great classic rap album to have in your collection.
Published 5 months ago by MissCeeJay
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but goodie.
It's a hip hop classic. I owned it on tape when it first came out. It's a must have for any true hip hop fan.
Published 6 months ago by Manny Torres
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT HAPPY
Published 7 months ago by shella
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