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 facet of the Hip Hop recreation, 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 atmosphere that we largely 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 assume it was a mark of swag, a mark of wealth or regardless of the case.
“When Hip Hop got here round, it was sure to return collectively like that. It’s just like the ghetto meets music or one thing. We introduced our fashion with us to the music business, so once we got here, we got here with the jewels. Back in these days, largest heroes had the largest joints on. Biggest joints, largest ice, largest the whole lot. They don’t gotta say how they received this cash, however it was nonetheless like they have been dinosaurs in comparison with like, little peasants.”
As certainly one of Hip Hop’s biggest storytellers, Slick helped lay the inspiration 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 assume ‘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 somewhat extra oomph, you realize? But yeah, I’ll stick to ‘Children’s Story.’”
Despite the many years Slick has put into the tradition, he’s not anyplace near placing down the mic. Most just 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 authentic tune 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 retailers this and that, you realize what I imply?
“Whatever retains our curiosity, no matter piques our modern-day pursuits at full peak, you realize what I imply? So hold your eyes open.”
In the meantime, take heed to “Snakes of the World Today” under.