Slick Rick The Ruler’s seminal album, 1988’s The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick, turned 30 on November 1. In honor of the momentous event, the British-bred Hip Hop legend spoke to Beats 1 Radio in regards to the milestone, his penchant for over-the-top jewellery and what it means to the tradition.
“As far as the jewellery side of the Hip Hop sport, once we was rising up within the ’80s, it was a factor,” he mentioned. “It was the norm. It was a norm within the segregated setting that we principally got here from. That’s what gave us our mark, our distinction. It was like, let’s simply say a Ford, Apache, Broncos, one thing. Everybody was in decrease earnings, that is how we moved. I suppose it was a mark of swag, a mark of wealth or regardless of the case.
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“When Hip Hop got here round, it was sure to come back collectively like that. It’s just like the ghetto meets music or one thing. We introduced our model with us to the music trade, so once we got here, we got here with the jewels. Back in these days, largest heroes had the most important joints on. Biggest joints, largest ice, largest all the things. They don’t gotta say how they obtained this cash, but it surely was nonetheless like they have been dinosaurs in comparison with like, little peasants.”
As one in every of Hip Hop’s best storytellers, Slick helped lay the muse for a lot of of his successors. Unsurprisingly, he names his traditional, “Children’s Story,” as his favourite storytelling monitor.
“On my album, The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, my favourite storytelling monitor I must say must be, I suppose ‘Children’s Story’ as a result of everybody likes it,” he admitted. “It has a pleasant beat. The ‘Moment I Feared,’ I like, too. I’ve to remake it, give it a bit of extra oomph, ? But yeah, I’ll persist with ‘Children’s Story.’”
Despite the a long time Slick has put into the tradition, he’s not wherever near placing down the mic. Most lately, he popped up in French Montana’s “No Stylist” video and launched a remastered model of The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, which got here together with his first unique track since 1999, “Snakes of the World Today.”
By the sounds of it, he has extra coming down the pipeline.
“What’s occurring with Slick Rick, issues occurring round Slick Rick on the 30th anniversary of The Great Adventures of Slick Rick is, properly we’re going to drop some new joints, drop some new singles for the peeps yanno what I imply?” he mentioned. “Kick the style on, the glitz, the glam all that stuff. Probably some new movies, pop-up outlets this and that, what I imply?
“Whatever retains our curiosity, no matter piques our modern-day pursuits at full peak, what I imply? So preserve your eyes open.”
In the meantime, take heed to “Snakes of the World Today” beneath.