The Great Adventures of Slick Rick

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The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
Studio album by Slick Rick
Released November 1, 1988[1]
Recorded 1986–1988
Genre Golden age hip hop
Length 49:46
Label Def Jam/Columbia/CBS
CK 40513 (North America)
463202 (international)
Producer Jam Master Jay, Slick Rick, The Bomb Squad
Slick Rick chronology
The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
The Ruler's Back
Singles from The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
  1. "Teenage Love"
    Released: November 1988
  2. "Children's Story"
    Released: April 3, 1989
  3. "Hey Young World"
    Released: June 15, 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau (C+)[3]
NME (7/10)[4]
Q 4/5 stars[5]
RapReviews (10/10)[6]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[7]
The Source 5/5 stars[8]
Spin (9/10)[9]

The Great Adventures of Slick Rick is the debut album by hip hop recording artist Slick Rick, released in 1988. The album is among the few to receive a perfect five-mic score from The Source magazine. In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums. In 2012, the album was selected by Slant Magazine as #99 on its "Best Albums of the 1980s." [10] Hip hop artist Nas cites it as one of his favorite albums.[11]

It topped Billboard's Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart for five nonconsecutive weeks and peaked at #31 on the Billboard 200. The song "Children's Story" is also featured on the soundtrack of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, True Crime: New York City and Tony Hawk's Proving Ground.

In 2008, the single "Children's Story" was ranked number 61 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.[12]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Treat Her Like a Prostitute"   Slick Rick 3:55
2. "The Ruler's Back"   Jason Mizell (as Jam Master Jay) 5:38
3. "Children's Story"   Slick Rick 4:02
4. "The Moment I Feared"   Eric Sadler, Hank Shocklee 3:36
5. "Let's Get Crazy"   Eric Sadler, Hank Shocklee 3:51
6. "Indian Girl (An Adult Story)"   Slick Rick 3:17
7. "Teenage Love"   Eric Sadler, Hank Shocklee 4:53
8. "Mona Lisa"   Slick Rick 4:08
9. "Kit (What's the Scoop)"   Eric Sadler, Hank Shocklee 3:22
10. "Hey Young World"   Slick Rick 4:37
11. "Teacher, Teacher"   Eric Sadler, Hank Shocklee 5:00
12. "Lick the Balls"   Eric Sadler, Hank Shocklee 3:56

Samples used[edit]

Album chart positions[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums
1989 The Great Adventures of Slick Rick #31 #1

Singles chart positions[edit]

Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales Hot Dance Music/Club Play
1988 "Teenage Love" - #16 #8 - -
1989 "Children's Story" - #5 #2 #39 #34
1989 "Hey Young World" - #42 #17 - -


  • Glen E. Friedman—photography
  • Jason Mizell (as Jam Master Jay)—producer
  • Eric "Vietnam" Sadler—producer
  • Hank Shocklee—producer
  • Slick Rick—vocals
  • Ricky Walters—producer
  • Rick Rubin—executive producer

Later samples[edit]

See also[edit]