The Ruler's Back

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The Ruler's Back
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 2, 1991
Recorded1990–91
GenreGolden age hip hop
Length45:55
Label
Producer
Slick Rick chronology
The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
(1988)
The Ruler's Back
(1991)
Behind Bars
(1994)
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: June 1991
  3. "It's a Boy"
    Released: November 21, 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Robert ChristgauA-[3]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music2/5 stars[4]
Entertainment WeeklyB[5]
Los Angeles Times4/5 stars[6]
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[7]
Spin Alternative Record Guide5/10[8]

The Ruler's Back is the second studio album by British-American rapper Slick Rick, released in 1991 on Def Jam Recordings.[9][10]

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.[11]

Production[edit]

The album contains production from Vance Wright, Slick Rick and Mr. Lee. The Ruler's Back was recorded in three weeks, while Rick was on bail before starting a jail sentence that would end in 1996.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

The Los Angeles Times wrote that "there’s the eerie feeling that you’ve experienced something but you’re not sure what, as you might after reading a Denis Johnson novel or seeing an old Cocteau film late at night on public TV. The Ruler’s Back moves along at the speed of thought."[6] Trouser Press called the album Rick's "most entertaining and least offensive longplayer."[1] The Washington Post called the album "disappointing," writing that "for some reason, Rick has adopted a high-speed rapping style that undercuts his two great strengths -- humor and storytelling grace."[12]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleProducerLength
1."King"Vance Wright, Slick Rick3:42
2."I Shouldn't Have Done It"Vance Wright4:05
3."Bond"Vance Wright2:53
4."Moses"Vance Wright, Slick Rick4:04
5."Tonto"Vance Wright, Slick Rick3:17
6."Mistakes of a Woman in Love With Other Men"Vance Wright, Slick Rick4:08
7."Venus"Vance Wright3:45
8."Ship"Vance Wright, Slick Rick3:05
9."It's a Boy"Vance Wright3:29
10."Top Cat"Vance Wright, Slick Rick3:23
11."Runaway"Slick Rick, Vance Wright3:49
12."Slick Rick - The Ruler"Mr. Lee6:06

Samples[edit]

Personnel[edit]

  • 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

Charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[13] 29
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[14] 18

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Slick Rick". Trouser Press. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  2. ^ "The Ruler's Back - Slick Rick | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic" – via www.allmusic.com.
  3. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: Slick Rick". www.robertchristgau.com.
  4. ^ a b Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Volume 7: MUZE. p. 525.CS1 maint: location (link)
  5. ^ "The Ruler's Back". EW.com.
  6. ^ a b "**** SLICK RICK "The Ruler's Back" Def Jam : Albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor) to five (a classic). :". Los Angeles Times. August 11, 1991.
  7. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (January 16, 2004). "The New Rolling Stone Album Guide". Simon and Schuster – via Google Books.
  8. ^ Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. 1995. p. 359.
  9. ^ "Slick Rick | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  10. ^ "Slick Rick: 'You learn from prison time – what doesn't kill you makes you stronger'". the Guardian. November 24, 2016.
  11. ^ Allah, Sha Be (July 2, 2015). "The Source |Today In Hip Hop History: Slick Rick Drops His Album 'The Ruler's Back' 24 Years Ago".
  12. ^ Mills, David (July 31, 1991). "RAPPERS' VIOLENT REALITY" – via www.washingtonpost.com.
  13. ^ "Slick Rick Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "Slick Rick Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard.

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