Children's Story

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"Children's Story"
Slick Rick - Children's Story.jpg
Single by Slick Rick
from the album The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
Released April 4, 1989
Format CD
Genre Golden age hip hop, East Coast hip hop, comedy rap
Length 4:02
Label Def Jam, Columbia
Songwriter(s) Slick Rick
Producer(s) Slick Rick
Slick Rick singles chronology
"Teenage Love"
"Children's Story"
"Hey Young World"
"Teenage Love"
"Children's Story"
"Hey Young World"

"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. It is one of the most sampled rap songs of all time.[1]

Samples used[edit]

The song interpolates the notes of the bassline from Bob James's song "Nautilus".

Reception[edit] listed it at 44 on their list of the top 100 rap songs,[2] and is ranked #61 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.[3]

Commercial Performance[edit]

Children's Story reached 5 in the Hot R&B Singles, staying there for 19 weeks[4] and 2 on the Hot Rap Tracks, remaining on the charts for 11 weeks.[5] This was the best performing single from The Great Adventures of Slick Rick.


The song has been covered by:

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 song was also played in the films Notorious & "The Sitter".

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.


On March 21, 2017, it was announced that Children's Story was going to be produced into a children's book by Get it Down, a record label based in Boston, Massachusetts. The book was released with a reissue of the album on Record Store Day.[6][7][8]



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