One of the fun things about listening to rap music in the 90s was checking out the old classic albums from the 1980s. Those had a different vibe to them, from the lyrics which were often story-driven, to the beats and colorful and playful covers.
I personally started out with DJ jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince because I was a major Will Smith fan. I literally videotaped every single episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air which was almost 150 episodes. One day when I was perusing the hip-hop section in the basement music store downtown, I was lucky enough to find And In This Corner… from 1989. They may have had one other album, probably from the 90s, but I wanted the 80s because to me that’s what this group was about. And that’s what this article is about, 80s hip-hop!
Fans living in the 90s era over here in Europe, you know the UK, Germany, and Scandinavia, we didn’t have the best selection to choose from but we had enough. We also had the ability to special order pretty much any album that we knew about. So that was pretty luxurious. Although we would have to wait about one month to get our CD.
I ended up thoroughly enjoying And In This Corner, despite it being regarded as not their best work. But it was all I had and I loved it, and so did my friends who borrowed my CD. It was simpler times and we appreciated what we had in a way that can’t even be imagined today by most of the youth.
After about a year or so after acquiring And In This Corner, I ordered Slick Rick‘s The Adventures Of. I was really into the cover art and that was what spurred me on to purchase it. I hadn’t heard any of the songs on the album. But I was vaguely familiar with Slick Rick as I had heard his 1998 album on the radio while visiting California in 1999. I can still remember to this day, cruising on the highway through the smoldering heat in Southern California. I even remember the song because Raekwon was on it and he was one of my favorite artists.
Like we did in those days we used to listen to music on our Walkmans. And my Walkman had FM radio as well, and probably AM too. That’s where I heard Slick Rick for the first time. I remember the sound was pretty static-ee because it was from an LA station that I was picking up from kind of far away.
As you can tell the topic of this article has a lot to do with Slick Rick. And now I’m going to get to it. Once I finally received my copy of The Adventures of Slick Rick, I was initially a little skeptical upon hearing the material. It was not the same kind of material found on DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince albums. It was much more are R-rated, and the beats weren’t as clean. That’s actually not so surprising because DJ Jazzy Jeff probably makes the cleanest beats in all of 80s and 90s hip-hop.
I have to say that I didn’t really like Slick Rick’s crude lyrics. He talked about f*cking Indian girls. You know the feather type, not the red dot Indians. I thought that was pretty disrespectful because the native Indians seem like kind of a noble people. Slick Rick had another song, where he again f*cks a young teenage girl with her father in the next room. He explains that the father is a hard-working, responsible type of man. Which makes it pretty disgusting the way he talks about tricking the daughter into sex despite her unwillingness.
It’s pretty safe to say that Slick Rick is a sociopathic personality. Which fits entirely perfectly with his numerous and long stays in prison. He might seem like a light hearted, even humorous type of guy, but something is off about him. And there’s plenty of these unsavory personalities in rap music as I’ve mentioned in several of my previous articles.
I’m going to keep dropping truth bombs on this website, because I don’t give a shit and can give me all the heat you want! I’m not writing for you. I’m writing for fans that can relate, and there are plenty of them because most people are decent and probably feel the same way as I do about many of these things.
PS This article by udiscovermusic.com pretty much lies or at least distorts and simplifies the truth when they write about The Great Adventures of Slick Rick. What they do is make him into the “inventor” of storytelling rap when it was actually Will Smith who was telling stories a year before on Rock The House. And Will did it better, more vividly, and with more charisma. It just goes to show that the mainstream media will always pump up the filthy music over the decent artists. While Slick Rick was “starting a paradigm shift”, Will Smith actually making music (and lots of it!) While Slick Rick spent the next 10 years was in jail! So who really was dropping story-telling music?