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The Ruler's Back [Explicit Lyrics]

Slick Rick Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 Sep 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Import Music Services
  • ASIN: B0000024IO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,629 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. King [Explicit] 3:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. I Shouldn't Have Done It [Explicit] 4:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Bond [Explicit] 2:530.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Moses [Explicit] 4:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Tonto [Explicit] 3:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Mistakes Of A Woman In Love With Other Men [Explicit] 4:080.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Venus [Explicit] 3:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Ship [Explicit] 3:060.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. It's A Boy [Explicit] 3:290.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Top Cat [Explicit] 3:230.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Runaway [Explicit] 3:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Slick Rick - The Ruler [Explicit] 6:060.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description

1 x CD Album
Europe 1991

2I Shouldn't Have Done It4:05
6Mistakes Of A Woman In Love With Other Men4:08
9It's A Boy3:29
10Top Cat3:23
12Slick Rick - The Ruler6:06

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Classic 21 Oct 2005
Format:Audio CD
'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
- Hollaballooza
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ricky d 1 April 2014
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Classic album slick rick really shines in this album , he is in his prime here and really enjoying it
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Unknown Masterpiece 25 July 2002
By "hynyc" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Chances are, you were inspired by Slick Rick's more popular songs (Children's Story, Mona Lisa, Lodi Dodi, The Show, etc.) to look him up on Amazon. You probably then stumbled upon this lesser known album, "The Ruler's Back." Do not let the shortage of reviews for this album fool you, you have just discovered what I proclaim to be the most underrated album in Rap history. To say this album was ahead of it's time is an understatement. The beats, courtesy of Slick's one time right hand man Vance Wright (probably the greatest beat-maker you've never heard of) are hypnotic and possess a complex layering unheard in modern day rap music. This is best expressed in tracks like "Moses" and "Mistakes Of A Woman." The lyrics are typical Slick: brilliant. His flow, which revolutionized the way rap artists delivered lyrics, are as fluid as they are intense. Listen to the tracks "Ship," "It's A Boy" and "I Shouldn't Have Done It" for example and realize the flow is about 5 years ahead of it's time. Listen to the originality of a track like "Runaway" or "Venus" and realize there are no rap songs that sound like them (try to say that about modern day rap.) Overall, the album is a testament to the greatest lyricist to ever grace a mic, and takes us back to a time when rap could be both technically profound and entertaining. I wish there were more like it, but I guess to quote Ricky D. himself, "there is no competition cuz we are the best here."
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Snappy lyrics 9 Nov 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The great Slick Rick is one of hip-hop's all time greats. Forget gangster rap and all that paranoid junk. Instead listen to Ricky D who's old school style captures the story telling essence of hip-hop. Slick Rick tends to 'keep it real!' - a must buy!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rushed by Rush...a mighty cross to bear 4 April 2006
By danger ex machina - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Considering the circumstances surrounding this album, Slick Rick could be excused for phoning it in. Indeed, the prospect of phoning in his rhymes from the Island, and the unenviable task of following up an undisputed classic...why, that's a mighty cross to bear. Doesn't quite feel like a complete work, but the man hasn't lost his knack for narrative. The beats are dense, the drums so hard and fast they'd slap you like it was Tuesday. Large Pro on the ghost production? Extra P did officially contribute a non-LP remix of "It's a Boy". Me, I prefer the "Mr. Magic" sampling version here. "Moses" finds Rick kicking it OT style (that's old testament, baby) over a reggae break, and it's the obvious highlight. Yeah, there's a misstep or three. "Ship" just sucks, and that house remix of "Teacher Teacher"...what was Def Jam thinking? Still, it's a miracle this is anything but a disaster, let alone a decent record. A lost gem? Hardly. An uneven period piece that's worth a few spins? That's the ticket, man.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How could such an incredible album be so slept on??? 14 Nov 2003
By SmokaJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'm assuming that after such a ground-breaker as "The Great Adventures," when people stumbled upon this gem, it didn't have the same sound, same vibe, so they left it on the shelf. That was a big mistake.
Let me say, I have been about Hip-Hop for over a decade, and have compiled a collection of over 200 hip-hop cds. I have never heard (and probably will NEVER hear) anyone on the same level as Ricky D. Just slighty behind OutKast's Andre Benjamin, Slick Rick is my favorite MC of all time. Nobody can do what he does. He takes his clever, witty lyrics and twists and bends them in a flow that can't be immitated or even duplicated. And we all know that he's the ULTIMATE storyteller (he cements that claim all-over this LP). Listening to Slick Rick on the mic, is like a roller-coaster of rhymes...literally. He is articulate, and coherent with a tone of voice that perfectly suits the verse.
This album also has great production by his boy Vance Wright (one of hip-hop's most unknown and most underrated beat-makers). Pretty much every song is fast-paced, which Rick rips like only he can. Take my advice, this album is incredible.
Bottom Line: Amazing. Ricky, you The Man & don't forget it. 4 stars. Peace.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Da Ruler's In Effect 16 Jun 2003
By chrd3 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Many people associate hip-hop with the current barrage of garbage(i.e. Cash Money, Nelly), but the fact of it all is that a true ruler was found in the late 80's with an amazing flow & awsome story telling skills to boot. Released while still doing a bid, TRB has plenty of heat to hold the crowd. Check out the skills in detail on tracks like Moses, Tonto, & the two singles I Souldn't have Done It & Mistakes... Although not as efficient all the way thorugh like his debut it still packs enough heat & thought provoking lyrics that make you sorely miss the days of old when rap meant something. My personal fav is Mistakes. There was only one flaw to me & that was Top Cat which had a very good idea(retelling life as an alley cat..get it alley cat) but the but just comes off uninspiring. Well worth the money I would definitely say this should be in a true hip-hopper's CD collection. With beats by Vance Wright(you probably never heard of him..huh) this CD will continue to bang in my system. peace
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