The Ruler's Back

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The Ruler's Back
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 2, 1991
GenreGolden age hip hop
Slick Rick chronology
The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
The Ruler's Back
Behind Bars
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
AllMusic4/5 stars link
Robert ChristgauA- link
Entertainment WeeklyB link
Los Angeles Times4/5 stars link
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars link

The Ruler's Back is the second studio album by British-American rapper Slick Rick, released July 2, 1991, on Def Jam Recordings. It features production from Vance Wright, Slick Rick and Mr. Lee. The album and its music videos were quickly recorded and filmed before Slick Rick was sentenced to a 5-year prison term.

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.

Track listing[edit]

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



  • 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


Chart (1991) Peak
US Billboard 200[1] 29
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[2] 18


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