The Great Adventures of Slick Rick

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The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1, 1988[1]
GenreGolden age hip hop, British hip hop
Slick Rick chronology
The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
The Ruler's Back
Singles from The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
  1. "Teenage Love"
    Released: November 1988
  2. "Children's Story"
    Released: April 4, 1989
  3. "Hey Young World"
    Released: June 15, 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[2]
Mojo4/5 stars[3]
Q4/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[6]
The Source5/5[8]
Spin Alternative Record Guide9/10[9]
The Village VoiceC+[10]

The Great Adventures of Slick Rick is the debut studio album by hip hop recording artist Slick Rick, released on November 1, 1988.

Album information[edit]

The album is among the few to receive a perfect five-mic score from The Source magazine. In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums. In 2012, the album was selected by Slant Magazine as #99 on its "Best Albums of the 1980s."[11] Hip hop artist Nas cites it as one of his favorite albums.[12]

It topped Billboard's Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart for five nonconsecutive weeks and peaked at #31 on the Billboard 200. The song "Children's Story" is also featured on the soundtrack of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, True Crime: New York City and Tony Hawk's Proving Ground.

In 2008, the single "Children's Story" was ranked number 61 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.[13]

Track listing[edit]

1."Treat Her Like a Prostitute"Slick Rick3:55
2."The Ruler's Back"Jam Master Jay5:38
3."Children's Story"Slick Rick4:02
4."The Moment I Feared"The Bomb Squad3:36
5."Let's Get Crazy"The Bomb Squad3:51
6."Indian Girl (An Adult Story)"Slick Rick3:17
7."Teenage Love"The Bomb Squad4:53
8."Mona Lisa"Slick Rick4:08
9."Kit (What's the Scoop)"The Bomb Squad3:22
10."Hey Young World"Slick Rick4:37
11."Teacher, Teacher"The Bomb Squad5:00
12."Lick the Balls"The Bomb Squad3:56
Total length:49:46
Deluxe 30th Anniversary Edition
13."Children's Story" (Demo)2:49
14."A Teenage Love" (Demo)4:17
15."Mona Lisa" (Demo)3:19
16."Hey Young World" (Demo)4:38
17."Snakes of the World Today"2:39


  • Glen E. Friedman—photography
  • Jason Mizell (as Jam Master Jay)—producer
  • Eric "Vietnam" Sadler—producer
  • Hank Shocklee—producer
  • Slick Rick—vocals
  • Ricky Walters—producer
  • Rick Rubin—executive producer



Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[18] Platinum 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mistakes of a woman in love with other men, What about the children?, Crack head man - song, music - Copyright Info". Retrieved 2012-02-19.
  2. ^ Huey, Steve. "The Great Adventures of Slick Rick – Slick Rick". AllMusic. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  3. ^ Bulley, Jenny (July 2019). "Slick Rick: The Great Adventures of Slick Rick". Mojo (308): 107.
  4. ^ "Slick Rick: The Great Adventures of Slick Rick". NME: 48. February 17, 1996.
  5. ^ "Slick Rick: The Great Adventures of Slick Rick". Q (168): 128. September 2000.
  6. ^ Coleman, Mark; Matos, Michaelangelo (2004). "Slick Rick". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 744. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  7. ^ Lowe, Steve (July 2000). "3rd Bass: The Cactus Album / Slick Rick: The Great Adventures of Slick Rick". Select (121): 117.
  8. ^ The Source (150). March 2002.CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  9. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  10. ^ Christgau, Robert (December 27, 1988). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  11. ^ "The 100 Best Albums of the 1980s". Slant Magazine. 5 March 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  12. ^ Ahmed, Insanul (23 May 2012). "Nas' 25 Favorite Albums". Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  13. ^ Macnie, Jim (24 September 2008). "VH1's 100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs Ever". Archived from the original on 6 June 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  14. ^ "Slick Rick Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  15. ^ "Slick Rick Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard.
  16. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 1989". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2021.
  17. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums – Year-End 1989". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2021.
  18. ^ "American album certifications – Slick Rick – Great Adventures of Slick Rick". Recording Industry Association of America.