DELUXE THICK-PAGED CHILDREN’S BOOK BASED ON THE TITULAR HIP-HOP TRACK BY SLICK RICK! COMES BUNDLED WITH A COMPACT DISC COPY OF HIS FAMED ALBUM “THE GREAT ADVENTURES OF”
Storytelling has been a part of the hip-hop lexicon since the artform’s earliest days. And in all those decades, there has never been a taleweaver like Slick Rick. Even masters who came along in Rick’s wake – ranging from Will Smith to Ghostface Killah and Eminem – know that even though they blazed their own paths, they never did it better than the Slick one
When it comes to Rick and his tales, 1988’s “Children’s Story” is perhaps his best, recited to this day by fans and MCs in training as a rite of passage. Just hearing the opening lines begins a sing-along that can quickly fill a room: “Once upon a time / Not long ago / When people wore pajamas / And lived life slow….”
Get On Down, known for its unique approach to packaging hip-hop classics, has come up with another winner here, presenting the lyrics to this immortal rap tale in never-before-seen form. Rick’s lines from the song are re-created in visual form in a 16 page book with a puffy cover – presented like a legit children’s book, thick pages and all. From the little boy who was misled to the tense police chase, to the unsure children hearing the story from their “uncle Ricky,” this is the most unique way the story has ever been presented.
Of course there is music to match – for this deluxe bundle comes packaged with an accompanying CD of The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, the 1988 Def Jam album that made Rick a worldwide star. Whether you pick this up for yourself or to give to the hip-hop fan on your shopping list who will stare wide-eyed at the unique package, no one will walk away from this one disappointed.
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“Slick Rick’s reputation as hip-hop’s greatest storyteller hangs on his classic debut, The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, one of the most influential rap records of the late ’80s…In the end, The Great Adventures is simply too good not to deserve the countless samples and homages by everyone from Snoop Dogg to Black Star.”
“Rap’s premier storyteller, London-born Richard Walters burst onto the scene in 1988 with The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, an album with such a unique style that it changed hip-hop.”
“Even in modern day hip-hop, songs from The Great Adventures has been sampled by rappers like Snoop Dogg, Jay Z, Missy Elliott and more. Rick’s ground-breaking debut helped usher in a more tactical style of rap which flourished in the early ’90s, known as the golden age. The Great Adventures of Slick Rick stands as a testament of some of hip-hop’s best storytelling on wax.”
“Slick Rick’s first album was an incredible statement of purpose and he established himself as a master weaver of tales. Rick took storytelling to a new level in hip-hop, and you can hear his influence in rappers from Kool G Rap to Nas.”
“There are no chinks in Slick Rick’s armor; he does everything well, and this album showcases all of his abilities. The fact that this is an excellent album anyway is only magnified by the enormous impact it had on rap music. This is, bar none, the most sampled and bitten album in hip hop history, and there are basically three reasons for that: it appealed to both underground and mainstream, it had dope beats, and it had one of the best and most charismatic MC’s ever to grace the mic at his best. Two words: timeless classic.”