When I was 11 Slick Rick dropped "Great Adventures." Growing up in New York City in the 80's I was exposed to hip hop, and did like hip hop, but it wasn't until 94's "Behind Bars" that I TRULY got into Rick. When your 11, at least back then, hip hop wasn't as all pervasive as it is now. Remember, it wasn't really until 1986 with RUN DMC gettin down with Steven Tyler and crew that "rap" was even shown on MTV with any regularity! Well, needless to say I loved "Behind Bars" when it came out. I thought Rick's wordplay was fierce and it was THIS album that brought me back to his classic 88 debut. He recorded this on a work release furlough and although it's not his BEST album it still smokes. People were straight hatin on the Ruler and called this album trash. Everyone expected Rick to do a "Children Story 2" and that wasn't how he was living. Truth was that Rick was a convicted felon and went from on top to bottom of the barrel in a few short years. 1994 was an epic year for hip hop, so compared to Illmatic, Hard to Earn, TICAL, Street Level( don't you DARE sleep on the Beatnuts!!) of course it doesnt sound all of that, but it is still Slick Rick and i like the down and out Rick. I give it 3 and half stars but to this day i appreciate this album for turning me on to the best storyteller hi hop has ever, and will ever know.