|Single by Slick Rick|
|from the album The Great Adventures of Slick Rick|
|Released||April 3, 1989|
|Genre||Golden age hip hop, East Coast hip hop, comedy rap|
|Label||Def Jam, Columbia|
|Slick Rick singles chronology|
"Children's Story" is a song recorded by hip hop artist Slick Rick. Taken as the second single from his album The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, the song was a Top 5 hit on both the Hot R&B Singles and the Hot Rap Tracks charts.
The lyrics begin with children, upon their bedtime, asking "Uncle Ricky" to read them a bedtime story (thus the song title). Rick responds with a story about "once upon a time" in a village where there was law and order, where a little boy lived. He was led into a life of crime by another child into robbing people for quick money. He tried to rob an undercover police officer who hits the boy, which provokes him to pulling a gun on him. Rather than risk shooting the officer and facing jail time, he leads police officers on a footchase throughout town. He runs into Dave the dope fiend in an abandoned building, who gave him a powerful shotgun. He steals a car, only to crash into a tree but he survives the wreck. He opens fire on the officers, and then holds a pregnant woman hostage. He lets her go, and officers surround the boy who drops the gun. At only 17 years, he is gunned down by the cops as he screams in agony. The story ends with a moral to the story that a life of crime is not a joke and can mean life or death. "Uncle Ricky" says goodnight to the kids who ponder the story.
Samples Used In Production
The song has been covered by:
- Tricky on his 1996 album Nearly God,
- Everlast on his 2000 album Eat at Whitey's,
- Black Star (Talib Kweli and Mos Def) on their collaborative album Black Star,
- Eminem re-interpreted it as a diss song entitled "Can-I-Bitch"; including shots towards Jermaine Dupri and Canibus. It follows the flow and concept as the original, including the intro of children asking "Marshall, will you please tell us a bedtime story?".
- The Game on his 2008 Mixtape BWS Radio 5; and was entitled "Compton's Story". He uses an accent much like Slick Rick's throughout the song.
In 2004, "Children's Story" appeared in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, on classic hip hop radio station Playback FM. The song was also featured on the True Crime: New York City soundtrack and Tony Hawk's Proving Ground.
The lyrics "Knock 'em out the box" were also used in Star Wars Gangsta Rap.
The Black Eyed Peas sampled this song in their song Light Up The Night from their 2010 album The Beginning.
The lyrics "I need bullets, hurry up run!" are also used by Eminem in the track "Bad Guys Always Die" featuring Dr. Dre from the Wild Wild West (soundtrack).
The lyrics "Now this ain't funny so don't you dare laugh" are used in the chorus of "Shit Can Happen" by D12 on the album Devil's Night.
Children's Story (1988) was sampled in
- The House That Cee Built by Big Daddy Kane (1989)
- Lyrical Assassin by Legion of Boom (1989)
- If the Papes Come by A Tribe Called Quest (1990)
- One Time Gaffled Em Up by Compton's Most Wanted (1990)
- Daddy Rich in the Land of 1210 by 3rd Bass (1991)
- Throw Your Hands in the Air by Raw Fusion (1991)
- Here We Go Again by Def Jef (1991)
- Isn't He Something by Lord Finesse (1992)
- Christmas Is by Run-DMC (1992)
- From Jackin' to Rappin' by O.F.T.B. (1992)
- Knock Em Out Da Box by Naughty by Nature (1993)
- County Line by Coolio (1994)
- This Is How We Do It by Montell Jordan (1995)
- Touched by UGK (1996)
- Party 2 Nite (Remix) by Ladae! feat. Chubb Rock (1996)
- Brakes by De La Soul (1996)
- Drama by Ras Kass feat. Coolio (1996)
- Keep It Real (The Villain RMX) by MC Ren (1996)
- Hoo-Bangin' (WSCG Style) by Westside Connection feat. K-Dee, The Comrads and AllFrumTha I (1996)
- Plucker by Young Zee (1996)
- Anotha Hoe Story by N.O.H. Mafia (1996)
- Just Another Case by Cru feat. Slick Rick (1997)
- Pain (Forever) by Puff Daddy feat. G. Dep (1999)
- Bad Guys Always Die by Dr. Dre and Eminem (1999)
- Bottle Rocket by Swollen Members feat. Everlast, Evidence and Divine Styler (1999)
- The Tribute by Nonpoint feat. Grimm (2000)
- Skull & Crossbones by Del the Funky Homosapien (2000)
- Gossip Folks by Missy Elliott feat. Ludacris (2002)
- A Slick Response by Cormega (2002)
- Can-I-Bitch by Eminem (2003)
- Elevator Music by Ugly Duckling (2004)
- Still Grimey by U-God & Sean Price & Prodigal Sunn & C-Rayz Walz (2004)
- Bedtime Story by AZ (2005)
- Save Me by Mary Mary (2005)
- The Emperor's Soundtrack by Lupe Fiasco (2006)
- If I (Original) by Ali Vegas (2006)
- In a Mess by Saigon (2007)
- Catacomb Kids by Aesop Rock (2007)
- So Ruff, So Tuff by Conejo (2007)
- Children's Story by Uncle Murda (2008)
- Don't Ya Dare Laugh by B-Real feat. Xzibit and Young De (2009)
- We Will Rob You by Raekwon feat. GZA, Masta Killa and Slick Rick (2009)
- Once Upon a Time by La Coka Nostra (2009)
- K-Town Story by Dumbfoundead (2009)
- Light Up the Night by Black Eyed Peas (2010)
- Gimme Da 90s by KRS-One and True Master (2010)
- A Southern Story by Bobby Creekwater (2010)
- Self Titled by Reks (2011)
- Mind Yuh Business by Problem Child (2012)