When it involves the artwork storytelling in hip-hop, Slick Rick is thought to be the godfather and grasp the craft.
Born in London and blinded in the correct eye by damaged glass as a baby, Slick Rick and his household would transfer to the Bronx, the place he would attend highschool and start his foray into hip-hop after assembly classmate and future rap artist Dana Dane. But he'd get his huge break after becoming a member of Doug E. Fresh's Get Fresh Crew in 1985.
Appearing alongside Doug E. Fresh on the 1985 singles "The Show" and "La Di Da Di," Slick Rick generated a buzz as one the extra dynamic new rappers in hip-hop and caught the eye Russell Simmons, who inked the Brit to a report cope with Def Jam Records in 1986.
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Two years later, Slick Rick's debut album, The Great Adventures Slick Rick, was launched, catapulting him to the forefront rap and establishing him as one the extra standard artists within the sport. Boasting the hit singles "Children's Story", "Hey Young World", and "Teenage Love," The Great Adventures Slick Rick topped the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and ended 1988 as one the extra commercially profitable and acclaimed albums the 12 months.
However, Slick Rick's profession would hit a snag in 1991 after the rapper pleaded responsible to 2 counts tried homicide, assault, use a firearm, and prison possession a weapon after capturing his former bodyguard, leading to a 5 12 months jail sentence.
Released from jail in 1997, Slick Rick launched the comeback album, The Art Storytelling, in 1999, which was his final full-length launch earlier than he grew to become embroiled in a prolonged authorized battle with the Immigration and Naturalization Service relating to his citizenship. In spite the ups and downs, Slick Rick's affect on hip-hop is invaluable and his standing as one the best and largest rap stars his period is with out reproach.
In celebration one the best storytellers all-time, The Boombox seems again at some the fictional characters from Slick Rick's raps which have proved to be unforgettable.
Big Foot and The Toes
"I froze – it was Big Foot and the Toes/Yup, a bunch small timers that be in any respect my exhibits/Surrounded the ruler with machetes too/They stated um, "If you don't educate us the right way to rap, you're by means of"
Slick Rick is approached by a neighborhood powerful man named Big Foot and his underlings, The Toes, who threaten to do him bodily hurt until he teaches them the right way to rap. Luckily, a police ficer is within the neighborhood and manages to diffuse the state of affairs, however not earlier than Slick Rick slaps one the goons to save lots of face and shield his rep as royalty.
“Kit (What’s the Scoop)”
"Lights, digital camera, motion, you're on/Get 'em Ricky D, what's incorrect?/The crown's gone/So assist me out Kit trigger this thief must be caught/Radio the chief police, get a report"
Slick Rick telephones in Kit for help after being the sufferer a theft and the 2 scour town in search the culprits. Regaining his crown after a wild chase, Rick the Ruler hooks up with producer Vance Wright to check out his mic abilities – after getting Kit's approval, course.
"I reached my vacation spot and its raining/I'm in Colombia, the Bond steps f the airplane and/I hear a hollar from a bro with ring across the collar/Its chief police, grease Bond, inform me to observe"
During a visit to Columbia, Slick Rick runs into an spy named Bond, who’s on a mission to rescue a lady that's been kidnapped. After discovering her whereabouts, Bond makes his strategy to Manhattan, saves the lady in query, and makes f with 20 million in money.
"Call me the freaker, I bump it in ya speaker/Week on my birthday, met this lady named Tameka/Astonishing creature, made the remaining look drained/Desired, that was the wonder I admired"
Slick Rick falls exhausting for Tameka, the lady his desires, and the 2 shortly fall in love, finally transferring in with each other. But ultimately, issues go awry when The Ruler finds out that Tameka has been seeing different males behind his again, inflicting Rick to name it quits along with his former wifey.
“The Moment I Feared”
"I seen Danny Boy although he's along with his lady named Sarah/In one his automobiles, I feel this one's a Riviera/She calls out to me, however, I actually couldn't hear her/So I went just a bit bit nearer so I'd hear slightly clearer/She stated, 'I want Veronica Place that's proper close to Tilden'/I stated, 'I do know the place that's at trigger that's proper subsequent to my constructing'"
The final women man, Slick Rick catches the eyes Sarah, a neighborhood hottie who exhibits as much as his crib unannounced in an try and seduce him. Sarah's boyfriend, Danny Boy, will get wind the rendezvous and exhibits up in a rage, inflicting Slick Rick to homicide him in self protection. He makes f with Danny Boy's cocaine, leaving Sarah chilly within the wind. However, Slick Rick would finally be apprehended and murdered in jail, ending the cautionary story on a grim notice.
Dave The Dope Fiend
"Knocked an previous man down and swore he killed him/Then he made his transfer to an deserted constructing/Ran up the steps as much as the highest flooring/Opened up the door there, guess who he noticed?/Dave the dope fiend shootin' dope/Who don't know the which means water nor cleaning soap"
In the midst the anonymous stick-up child's quest for escape, he encounters a homeless dope fiend by the identify Dave on the high a challenge constructing. While the prevalence seems random on the floor, it finally proves invaluable, as Dave gives the stick-up child with a shotgun to assist him proceed to wage conflict with the police, one other reminder all heroes don't put on capes – or take baths for that matter.
"She began to chortle after which she began to say/'I'm sorry some instances I do get carried away/I didn't imply to love ailing deal with you/My identify is Running Rabbit and I'm glad to satisfy you'"
Running Rabbit crosses paths with Davy Crockett, a slick-talker that approaches the Indian magnificence with the only intention getting in her pants. After inviting her new admirer residence for dinner and to satisfy her father, Running Rabbit falls sufferer to Davy Crockett's charms, however finally will get slightly greater than she bargained for.
"Well, it was one these days — not a lot to do/I used to be chillin downtown, with my old style crew/I went right into a retailer — to purchase a slice pizza/And ran into a lady, her identify was Mona — what? Mona Lisa"
During a run to the pizza store, Slick Rick runs right into a cutie by the identify Mona Lisa and proceeds to have interaction in dialog in an try to put his mack down. However, Ricky is abruptly whisked away by his buddy Trevor, who reminds him that the 2 have a celebration to attend and scolds him earlier than the 2 exit the scene.
"Once upon a time not way back/When folks wore pajamas and lived life gradual/When legal guidelines had been stern and justice stood/And folks had been behavin' like they ought ta good/There lived a lil' boy who was miss lead/By one other lil' boy and that is what he stated:/'Me and also you, tonight we're gonna make some money/Robbin' previous people and makin' the sprint'"
In one Slick Rick's most iconic shows storytelling, a younger stick-up child with a penchant for armed theft finds himself in a wild police chase by means of the tasks that proves lethal. After getting in a shootout with cops and holding a girl hostage, the stick-up child will get shot down by police, however goes out with a blaze glory – and as one the best fictional characters within the historical past hip-hop.