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Format: CD
Sku: 60298436
UPC: 731455893625
UPC 14: 00731455893625
Release Date: 5/25/1999
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Jail Skit - (featuring Ed Lover/DJ Rev Run/Redman) ~ Slick Rick
2. Kill Niggaz ~ Slick Rick
3. Street Talkin' - (featuring Outkast) ~ Slick Rick
4. Me & Nas Bring It To Your Hardest - (featuring Nas) ~ Slick Rick
5. I Own America Part I ~ Slick Rick
6. Bugsy Radio Skit - (featuring Bugsy) ~ Slick Rick
7. Who Rotten 'Em ~ Slick Rick
8. 2 Way Street ~ Slick Rick
9. King Piece In The Chess Game - (featuring Canibus) ~ Slick Rick
10. Trapped In Me ~ Slick Rick
11. Impress The Kid - (featuring S&S) ~ Slick Rick
12. Q-Tip & Peter Gunz Skit - (featuring Q-Tip/Peter Gunz) ~ Slick Rick
13. I Run This ~ Slick Rick
14. Frozen - (featuring Raekwon) ~ Slick Rick
15. Why, Why, Why ~ Slick Rick
16. Adults Only ~ Slick Rick
17. Memories ~ Slick Rick
18. Unify - (with Kid Capri/Snoop Doggy Dogg) ~ Slick Rick
19. Bugsy Radio Skit - (featuring Bugsy) ~ Slick Rick
20. I Own America Part II ~ Slick Rick
21. CEO Outro ~ Slick Rick
22. We Turn It On - (bonus track, featuring Doug E. Fresh) ~ Slick Rick
23. La Di Da Di - (live, bonus track, featuring Doug E. Fresh) ~ Slick Rick
24. Show, The - (live, bonus track, featuring Doug E. Fresh) ~ Slick Rick

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel includes: Slick Rick, Snoop Doggy Dogg, OutKast, Canibus, Nas, Kid Capri, Raekwon, Q-Tip, DJ Rev. Run, Redman, Kid Capri, Peter Gunz, S&S, Bugsy, Ed Lover, Doug E. Fresh (rap vocals); Vada Nobles, Phalon Alexander (various instruments); Joe Kelley, Thomas Hammond, Corey Rooney (keyboards); Doug E. Fresh (beat box); DJ Ty Boogie (scratches).
Muze PNote Producers include: DJ Clarke Kent, Large Professor, S&S, Kid Kapri, Tyrone Fyffe.
Muze PNote Engineers include: Mike Anzelowitz, Kenny Ortiz, Joshua Butler.
Muze PNote Recording information: Bearsville Sound Studios, Bearsville, NY; Cosmos Stu; Hit Factory, New York, NY; Patchwerk Recordings, Atlanta, GA; Quad Studios, Nashville, TN.
Muze PNote Make no mistake hip-hop fans: with THE ART OF STORYTELLING, Slick Rick is definitely back in the game. The man who once upon a time made treating your girl like a prostitute sound like an okay thing to do, the one who can make you laugh, disgusted and pensive (sometimes all in one song) is back with an album that possesses all the characteristics that made him one of the more respected rap artists of his time. The arrogance, the ability to use words in a way that is not just auditory but visual as well, the unique sense of storytelling and humor--all of these qualities are evident on this album. Slick Rick demonstrates here that even though you can silence a good storyteller for a while, you can never take away his ability to captivate an audience.

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Snoop Dogg
Muze Guest Artist Outkast
Muze Guest Artist Canibus
Muze Guest Artist Nas
Muze Guest Artist Peter Gunz
Muze Guest Artist Q-Tip
Muze Guest Artist DJ Rev. Run
Muze Guest Artist Redman
Muze Guest Artist Raekwon
Muze Guest Artist Kid Capri
Muze Guest Artist Bugsy
Muze Guest Artist Doug E. Fresh
Muze Guest Artist Ed Lover
Muze Guest Artist Rev Run
Muze Guest Artist S&S

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Show (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 2-Old School Rap
Muze Music Compilations 10th Year Anniversary
Muze Music Compilations Def Jam Greatest Hits (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Old School Rap
Muze Music Compilations Everything But The Girl
Muze Music Compilations Unfinished Business (Clean)
Muze Music Compilations Essential Hip Hop Vol 6
Muze Music Compilations Hip Hop Essentials (Ltd) (Box)
Muze Music Compilations Bulletproof Wallets Featuring Raekwon
Muze Music Compilations Ecstatic
Muze Music Compilations DEF JAM 30TH ANNIVERSARY:GREATEST HIT(Explicit Version)

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/24/1999
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1999
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 5589362
Music Label Name Label : Def Jam (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00731455893625

Professional Reviews

Spin (7/99, p.131)
- 7 (out of 10)
- "...wierdly charming, like seeing your uncle sing songs from the Old Country at a wedding....Out of nowhere, he's back in the game."

Entertainment Weekly (5/28/99, p.145)
- "...his rhymes flow like ghetto short stories and his breathy singsong delivery remains a hip-hop national treasure." - Rating: B

Q (11/99, p.134)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "...A straightforward...set based on simple beats and bare instrumentation....Interesting, if not exactly essential."

CMJ (6/28/99, p.27)
- "...[THE ART OF STORYTELLING] finds the silver-tongued urban bard surrounded by a host of '90s hip-hop royalty...but the album's best moments come when Rick's distinctive drawl produces the engaging allegories and pretentious poetics hip-hop has sorely missed..."

Vibe (6,7/99, p.178)
- "...This time around, the Ruler really is back....Rick spins unique couplets, melds vocal inflections and breaks those nasal vocals into song....Party numbers...bounce like the participants in a San Francisco car chase. Melodic jams...pull you into a smooth, easy bob."

The Source (6/99, p.207)
- 4 Mics - "...Ricky Walters...has consistently moved the crowd....[H]is maturity as an MC manifests itself in more ways than one....Slick the griot proves he's still as animated as the fluorescent persona he created..."

Billboard (6/5/99, p.19)
- "...ART finds Rick in a buoyant mood and a mature frame of mind, dropping reality science along with classic battle rhymes and party jams..."

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