Throwback Friday #7: Rick the Ruler

Slick Rick foreshadowed and epitomized the pimpster attitude of many rappers during the late ’80s and early ’90s. Known for sporting gold chains and a trademark eye-patch, his 1989 album, The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, was a certified-platinum classic. Before he could record a follow-up, Slick Rick was arrested for attempted murder early in 1990, after shooting at his cousin — who allegedly harassed Rick’s mother — and leading police on a high-speed chase. Featured in the rap documentary The Show (released in 1995) — in a segment where Russell Simmons actually visits the prison — Slick Rick was released on a work program in 1996. Art of Storytelling was issued in 1999, an artistically successful comeback that paired him with MC’s like Outkast and Snoop Dogg but did more the emphasize his talents as a solo artist.


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