The Art of Storytelling [Explicit Lyrics]

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Barnes & Noble - Douglas Wolk
Ricky Walters' career got sidetracked by a stint in the pokey and a couple of disappointing albums done on the fly from the inside, so he's been saying he considers The Art of Storytelling his "real second album." It's certainly of the moment, with a small army of producers and guest stars stuffing the disc to overflowing, alongside flashbacks to live versions of "La Di Da Di" and "The Show" (the Doug E. Fresh collaborations that are still the cornerstone of his rep). Rick's voice and style are inimitable: The most genteel of sex-obsessed thugs, he's got a Brit-accented wheeze that flips a billion syllables into each line and internal rhymes as tricky as a sailor's ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Douglas Wolk
Ricky Walters' career got sidetracked by a stint in the pokey and a couple of disappointing albums done on the fly from the inside, so he's been saying he considers The Art of Storytelling his "real second album." It's certainly of the moment, with a small army of producers and guest stars stuffing the disc to overflowing, alongside flashbacks to live versions of "La Di Da Di" and "The Show" (the Doug E. Fresh collaborations that are still the cornerstone of his rep). Rick's voice and style are inimitable: The most genteel of sex-obsessed thugs, he's got a Brit-accented wheeze that flips a billion syllables into each line and internal rhymes as tricky as a sailor's knot. But his real mastery is in spinning those flurries of words into coherent yarns, whether he's imagining rapping for a pharaoh or just reminiscing at full clip over an old-school pitty-pat.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If there's one thing Slick Rick has mastered, it is The Art of Storytelling. Ever since his debut, The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, he has been known for his literate, winding narratives, but his career was marred by legal troubles that kept him in prison for much of the '90s. Consequently, The Art of Storytelling is only his fourth album, but it's the first to rank as a worthy sequel to his classic debut. The Ruler's Back came close to capturing the feel of The Great Adventures, but The Art has a continually stunning set of stories and tales, and the presence of guest artists -- even rappers as talented as OutKast, Nas, Raekwon, and Snoop Dogg -- only emphasizes what a singular talent Rick is. The smooth production may be a little bit mired in contemporary rap clich├ęs, but it's all enjoyable. Besides, Rick is about the lyrics, not the music, and he has written a stellar set of songs here, songs that are continually surprising and thought-provoking. It's a masterful set from one of the true lyrical masters of hip-hop.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/1999
  • Label: Def Jam
  • UPC: 731455893625
  • Catalog Number: 558936
  • Sales rank: 47,313

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jail Skit - Rev Run (1:20)
  2. 2 Kill Niggaz (2:49)
  3. 3 Street Talkin' - OutKast (3:41)
  4. 4 Me & Nas Bring It to Your Hardest - Nas (2:36)
  5. 5 I Own America, Pt. 1 (3:09)
  6. 6 Bugsy Radio Skit - Bugsy (0:19)
  7. 7 Who Rotten 'Em (3:28)
  8. 8 2 Way Street (3:32)
  9. 9 King Piece in the Chess Game - Canibus (3:19)
  10. 10 Trapped in Me (3:41)
  11. 11 Impress the Kid - S&S (3:34)
  12. 12 Q-Tip & Peter Gunz Skit - Peter Gunz (0:35)
  13. 13 I Run This (4:08)
  14. 14 Frozen - Raekwon (3:11)
  15. 15 Why, Why, Why (3:22)
  16. 16 Adults Only (4:16)
  17. 17 Memories (4:05)
  18. 18 Unify - Kid Capri (3:58)
  19. 19 Bugsy Radio Skit - Bugsy (0:18)
  20. 20 I Own America, Pt. 2 (3:30)
  21. 21 CEO Outro (0:04)
  22. 22 We Turn It On - Doug E. Fresh (3:35)
  23. 23 La-Di-Da-Di (4:36)
  24. 24 The Show (6:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Slick Rick Primary Artist
Redman Track Performer
OutKast Track Performer
Q-Tip Track Performer
Ed Lover Track Performer
Peter Gunz Track Performer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Slick Rick ... Back in Full Force!

    Released in 1998, The Art of Storytelling was Rick's first album in four years, and is definitly not a wasted effort. Slick Rick's uncanny and articulate storytelling ability is on full display here as he spins entertaining and diverse tales the listener can actually follow. The production is first rate, with close attention payed to little sound details that help bring the rhymes to life. There is a fair amount of rowdy filler near the end of the album that seems a little out of place, but there is plenty of great new material making the The Art of Storytelling a good value in my opinion. Slick Rick is on top of his craft here. -- W.G.

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