'The Ruler's Back' is the second album that was released in 1991 by Ricky Walter's, AKA Slick Rick.
'The Ruler's Back' is an essential purchase for anyone who enjoys any style of hip-hop or music as it explores many different angles and each of it's tracks.
At this time Slick Rick ruled the hip-hop genre of storytelling and with this talent boasts such classic tracks as, 'I Shouldn't Have Done It', 'Mistakes of a Woman in Love With Other Men' and 'It's a Boy', as well as another 9 enjoyable tracks.
On his first album, Slick Rick created a new style of lyrical performance of a depth of which no other rapper had yet shown at this time. On 'The Ruler's Back', however, he adds a new twist to his original style of calm and cool flowing to create faster and more dramatic rhyming slang in his songs.
People should recognise that this is one of the many hip-hop albums that have had samples of tracks taken out to put on other albums from other artists. For example, the beat to 'It's a Boy' was used in Nas's song 'I Can' from the album 'God's Son'.
The only draw-back of this album, when compared to his first, is that the story's don't seem to end as powerfully or dramatically as his other tracks such as, 'Moment I Feared' and 'Indian Girl', which are located on 'The Great Adventures Of'. This, however, is not considered as a real dissapointment as his talent of storytelling still shines through on each of the 12 tracks on this album.
The only kind of people who would recognise and fully respect this album would be those who listen to and appretiate hip-hop to the fullest, but it should also be recognised by others as it is a piece of hip-hop history at it's best that shouldn't go unnoticed.
This album is an essential and worth while purchase to all who appratiate real hip-hop, real storytelling and real fun from a hip-hop genious - Slick Rick