Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Art of Storytelling
Genres: Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop
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 ... more »
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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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JiggaJ1979 | Thomasville NC | 11/28/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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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Carltouis Stevenson | Angeles Mesa, Los Angeles | 02/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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!"
SLICK IS SICK
Mr Joshua | Winston Salem NC | 08/22/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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."