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Slick Rick - The Art of Storytelling  Print E-mail
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Written by Jason Karsh   
Saturday, 29 May 1999

The Art of Storytelling, Def Jam Recordings
| Performance 8 | Sound 8 |

Rick The Ruler has returned and this could easily be his best album since his debut ‘The Great Adventures of Slick Rick’ in 1988. Not only does Rick still have his signature style and sound, but across the twenty-four track disc he teams up with current lyrical notables such as Nas, OutKast, Canibus, and the Chef, Raekwon. Check out the flow on "I Run This" and "Frozen" (backed by a great beat and a Portishead sample) for just two examples of the Ruler’s return. Even better, included here are two live throwbacks with Doug E. Fresh in "La Di Da Di" and "The Show" for the nostalgic.



In all, our opinion is that this album could end up being one of the top two or three rap albums of the year. Not just because it is the return of a great rapper, but because this album is the whole package of beats, rhymes, and guests. It’s right up there with The Roots' latest in our book. Give it more than one listen and you will easily be able to tell that Rick’s lyrical prowess has gone nowhere and he does, in fact, still ‘own America.’







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