The Ruler's Back

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The Ruler's Back
Studio album by Slick Rick
Released July 2, 1991
Genre Golden age hip hop
Length 45:55
Label Def Jam, Columbia
CK 47372 (North America)
Producer Russell Simmons (exec.), Vance Wright, Slick Rick, Mr. Lee
Slick Rick chronology
The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
(1988)The Great Adventures of Slick Rick1988
The Ruler's Back
Behind Bars
(1994)Behind Bars1994
Singles from The Ruler's Back
  1. "I Shouldn't Have Done It"
    Released: November 6, 1990
  2. "Mistakes of a Woman in Love with Other Men"
    Released: 1991
  3. "It's a Boy"
    Released: November 21, 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Robert Christgau A- link
Entertainment Weekly B link
Los Angeles Times 4/5 stars link
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars link

The Ruler's Back is the second studio album by British-American rapper Slick Rick, released July 2, 1991, on Def Jam Recordings. It features production from Vance Wright, Slick Rick and Mr. Lee. The album and its music videos were quickly recorded and filmed before Slick Rick was sentenced to a 5-year prison term.

Upon its release, The Ruler's Back achieved notable chart success, peaking at number 29 on the Billboard 200, and number 18 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The album features the hit single "I Shouldn't Have Done It", which peaked at number 2 on the Hot Rap Singles.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer Length
1. "King" Vance Wright, Slick Rick 3:42
2. "I Shouldn't Have Done It" Vance Wright 4:05
3. "Bond" Vance Wright 2:53
4. "Moses" Vance Wright, Slick Rick 4:04
5. "Tonto" Vance Wright, Slick Rick 3:17
6. "Mistakes of a Woman in Love With Other Men" Vance Wright, Slick Rick 4:08
7. "Venus" Vance Wright 3:45
8. "Ship" Vance Wright, Slick Rick 3:05
9. "It's a Boy" Vance Wright 3:29
10. "Top Cat" Vance Wright, Slick Rick 3:23
11. "Runaway" Slick Rick, Vance Wright 3:49
12. "Slick Rick - The Ruler" Mr. Lee 6:06



  • Slick Rick - performer, producer, executive producer
  • Vance Wright - producer, executive producer
  • Mr. Lee - producer
  • Russell Simmons - executive producer
  • Francesca Spero - executive producer
  • Darroll Gustamachio - engineer, mixing
  • Thom Leinbach - Gabriel moreno - engineer, mixing
  • Everett Ramos - engineer, mixing
  • Rory Young - programming, engineer
  • Cey Adams - design
  • Jules T. Allen- Alvaro Almagro - photography


Chart (1991) Peak
US Billboard 200[1] 29
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[2] 18


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