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]

Credits adapted from the album's liner notes.[10]

1."Jail Skit" (featuring Ed Lover, Redman & Rev Run) Bimmy Antney1:20
2."Kill Niggaz"DJ Clark Kent2:50
3."Street Talkin'" (featuring Outkast)Jazze Pha3:41
4."Me & Nas Bring It to Your Hardest" (featuring Nas)2:36
5."I Own America Part I"
6."Bugsy Radio Skit" Bimmy Antney0:19
7."Who Rotten 'Em"
  • Walters
  • Junod Etienne
8."2 Way Street"
  • Walters
  • Franklin
DJ Clark Kent3:33
9."King Piece In The Chess Game" (featuring Canibus)Tyrone Fyffe3:20
10."Trapped In Me"Rashad Smith3:42
11."Impress The Kid"
  • Walters
  • Shampelle Everett
12."Q-Tip & Peter Gunz Skit" Bimmy Antney0:35
13."I Run This"4:09
14."Frozen" (featuring Raekwon)
15."Why, Why, Why"
  • DJ Clark Kent
  • Slick Rick
16."Adults Only"Dame Grease4:16
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 Antney (co.)
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)
  • Walters
  • Davis
Slick Rick4:37
24."The Show (Live)" (featuring Doug E. Fresh)
  • Walters
  • Davis
Slick Rick6:09

Sample credits[10]



Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[15] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine (May 25, 1999). "The Art of Storytelling - Slick Rick | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 17, 2004. Retrieved September 11, 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "CG: Slick Rick". Robert Christgau. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
  4. ^ Matt Diehl (May 28, 1999). "The Art of Storytelling". Retrieved July 13, 2017.
  5. ^ The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. p. 672. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
  6. ^ SPIN. p. 131. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
  7. ^ "ProQuest Archiver: Titles". Retrieved July 13, 2017.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 4, 2012. Retrieved September 11, 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Slick Rick :: The Art of Storytelling :: Def Jam". February 5, 2002. Retrieved January 14, 2012.
  10. ^ a b The Art of Storytelling (booklet). Def Jam. 1999.
  11. ^ "Slick Rick Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "Slick Rick Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 1999". Billboard. Retrieved August 22, 2020.
  14. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums – Year-End 1999". Billboard. Retrieved August 22, 2020.
  15. ^ "American album certifications – Slick Rick – The Art of Story". Recording Industry Association of America.

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