The Art of Storytelling

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The Art of Storytelling
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 25, 1999
GenreHip hop
LabelDef Jam Recordings
Slick Rick chronology
Behind Bars
The Art of Storytelling
Singles from The Art of Storytelling
  1. "Street Talkin'"
    Released: September 4, 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauA−[3]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[4]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[5]
The Source4/5 stars[2]
USA Today3.5/4 stars[7]
The Washington Post(favorable)[8]

The Art of Storytelling is the fourth and most recent studio album by British-American rapper Slick Rick, released May 25, 1999, on Def Jam Recordings. The album features production from DJ Clark Kent and Kid Capri, among others. Upon its release, The Art of Storytelling proved to be Slick Rick's highest-charting album, peaking at number eight on the Billboard 200, and number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, and was certified gold by the RIAA within a month of its release.[9]

Track listing[edit]

1."Jail Skit" (featuring Ed Lover, Redman & Rev Run)Bimmy Antney1:20
2."Kill Niggaz"DJ Clark Kent2:50
3."Street Talkin'" (featuring Big Boi)Jazze Pha3:41
4."Me & Nas Bring It to Your Hardest" (featuring Nas)Trackmasters, Qur'an Goodman2:36
5."I Own America Part I"DJ Clark Kent, Ty Fyffe3:09
6."Bugsy Radio Skit"Bimmy Antney0:19
7."Who Rotten 'Em"Nod3:28
8."2 Way Street"DJ Clark Kent3:33
9."King Piece In The Chess Game" (featuring Canibus)Ty Fyffe3:20
10."Trapped In Me"Rashad Smith3:42
11."Impress The Kid"S&S3:34
12."Q-Tip & Peter Gunz Skit"Bimmy Antney0:35
13."I Run This"Raymond Deal, Rev Run4:09
14."Frozen" (featuring Raekwon)T. Rusiak, Bimmy Antney3:12
15."Why, Why, Why"DJ Clark Kent, Slick Rick3:23
16."Adults Only"Dame Grease4:16
17."Memories"DJ Clark Kent4:06
18."Unify" (featuring Snoop Dogg)Kid Capri3:59
19."Bugsy Radio Skit"Bimmy Antney0:18
20."I Own America Part 2"Colleone & Webb, Bimmy Antney3:30
21."CEO Outro"Slick Rick0:05
Bonus tracks
22."We Turn It On" (featuring Doug E. Fresh)Vada Nobles3:35
23."La Di Da Di (Live)" (featuring Doug E. Fresh)Slick Rick4:37
24."The Show (Live)" (featuring Doug E. Fresh)Slick Rick6:09


Chart (1999) Peak
US Billboard 200[10] 8
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[11] 1


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[12] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine (1999-05-25). "The Art of Storytelling - Slick Rick | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  2. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2004-03-17. Retrieved 2010-09-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "CG: Slick Rick". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  4. ^ Matt Diehl (1999-05-28). "The Art of Storytelling". Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  5. ^ The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. p. 672. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  6. ^ SPIN. p. 131. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  7. ^ "ProQuest Archiver: Titles". Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-11-04. Retrieved 2010-09-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Slick Rick :: The Art of Storytelling :: Def Jam". 2002-02-05. Retrieved 2012-01-14.
  10. ^ "Slick Rick Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "Slick Rick Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "American album certifications – Slick Rick – The Art of Story". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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