The Art of Storytelling

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For the Dirty album, see The Art of Storytelling (Dirty album).
The Art of Storytelling
Studio album by Slick Rick
Released May 25, 1999
Recorded 1998-1999
Genre Hip hop
Length 73:28
Label Def Jam
558 936
Producer DJ Clark Kent, Kid Capri, DJ S&S, Rashad Smith, Poke & Tone
Slick Rick chronology
Behind Bars
The Art Of Storytelling
Singles from The Art of Storytelling
  1. "Unify"
    Released: 1998[1]
  2. "Street Talkin'"
    Released: 1999[2]
  3. "We Turn It On"
    Released: 1999[3]
  4. "Frozen"
    Released: 1999[4]
  5. "Kill Niggaz"
    Released: 1999[5]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[6]
Billboard (favorable)[7]
Robert Christgau A−[8]
Entertainment Weekly B+[9]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[10]
The Source 4/5 stars[11]
Spin (7/10)[12]
USA Today 3.5/4 stars[13]
Vibe (favorable)[14]
The Washington Post (favorable)[15]

The Art of Storytelling is the fourth, and thus far final, 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.[16]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Jail Skit" (featuring Ed Lover, Redman & Rev Run) Bimmy Antney 1:20
2. "Kill Niggaz"   DJ Clark Kent 2:50
3. "Street Talkin'" (featuring Big Boi) Jazze Pha 3:41
4. "Me & Nas Bring It to Your Hardest" (featuring Nas) Trackmasters, Qur'an Goodman 2:36
5. "I Own America Part I"   DJ Clark Kent, Ty Fyffe 3:09
6. "Bugsy Radio Skit"   Bimmy Antney 0:19
7. "Who Rotten 'Em"   Nod 3:28
8. "2 Way Street"   DJ Clark Kent 3:33
9. "King Piece In The Chess Game" (featuring Canibus) Ty Fyffe 3:20
10. "Trapped In Me"   Rashad Smith 3:42
11. "Impress The Kid"   S&S 3:34
12. "Q-Tip & Peter Gunz Skit"   Bimmy Antney 0:35
13. "I Run This"   Raymond Deal, Rev Run 4:09
14. "Frozen" (featuring Raekwon) T. Rusiak, Bimmy Antney 3:12
15. "Why, Why, Why"   DJ Clark Kent, Slick Rick 3:23
16. "Adults Only"   Dame Grease 4:16
17. "Memories"   DJ Clark Kent 4:06
18. "Unify" (featuring Snoop Dogg) Kid Capri 3:59
19. "Bugsy Radio Skit"   Bimmy Antney 0:18
20. "I Own America Part 2"   Colleone & Webb, Bimmy Antney 3:30
21. "CEO Outro"   Slick Rick 0:05
Bonus tracks
No. Title Producer Length
22. "We Turn It On" (featuring Doug E. Fresh) Vada Nobles 3:35
23. "La Di Da Di (Live)" (featuring Doug E. Fresh) Slick Rick 4:37
24. "The Show (Live)" (featuring Doug E. Fresh) Slick Rick 6:09


Chart (1999) Peak
US Billboard 200[17] 8
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[18] 1

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