Slick Rick The Ruler’s seminal album, 1988’s The Nice Adventures Of Slick Rick, turned 30 on November 1. In honor the momentous event, the British-bred Hip Hop legend spoke to Beats 1 Radio concerning the milestone, his penchant for over-the-top jewellery and what it means to the tradition.
“So far as the jewellery facet 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. All people was in decrease revenue, that is how we moved. I suppose it was a mark swag, a mark wealth or regardless of the case.
“When Hip Hop got here round, it was certain to come back 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. Again in these days, largest heroes had the largest joints on. Largest joints, largest ice, largest all the things. They don’t gotta say how they bought this cash, however it was nonetheless like they have been dinosaurs in comparison with like, little peasants.”
As one Hip Hop’s best storytellers, Slick helped lay the muse for a lot of his successors. Unsurprisingly, he names his traditional, “Kids’s Story,” as his favourite storytelling observe.
“On my album, The Nice Adventures Slick Rick, my favourite storytelling observe I must say must be, I suppose ‘Kids’s Story’ as a result of everybody likes it,” he admitted. “It has a pleasant beat. The ‘Second I Feared,’ I like, too. I’ve to remake it, give it a little bit extra oomph, you already know? However yeah, I’ll persist with ‘Kids’s Story.’”
Regardless of the many years Slick has put into the tradition, he’s not anyplace near placing down the mic. Most lately, he popped up in French Montana’s “No Stylist” video and launched a remastered model The Nice Adventures Slick Rick, which got here together with his first authentic track since 1999, “Snakes the World At the moment.”
By the sounds it, he has extra coming down the pipeline.
“What’s taking place with Slick Rick, issues taking place round Slick Rick on the 30th anniversary The Nice Adventures 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. Most likely some new movies, pop-up outlets this and that, you already know what I imply?
“No matter retains our curiosity, no matter piques our modern-day pursuits at full peak, you already know what I imply? So hold your eyes open.”
Within the meantime, hearken to “Snakes the World At the moment” under.