WHAT: Bally celebrated the 30th anniversary of Slick Rick’s debut album The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, at their Rodeo Drive store tonight, with guest of honor, Slick Rick, featuring a guest DJ set by Snoop Dogg.
WHO: Guest of honor, Slick Rick, guest DJ Snoop Dogg, LL Cool J, John Singleton, Quincy Brown, Omar Dorsey, Rhona Bennett, Ezinma, Sarunas Jackson, Dana Dane, Janell Snowden and more.
Released November 1, 1988, The Great Adventures of Slick Rick has remained one of hip-hop’s most enduring and influential albums of all time. At the time of its release, during rap’s “golden era,” the recording earned a rare five-mic score from The Source magazine. It remained at the top of Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart for ten weeks, producing the hit singles “Mona Lisa”, “Children’s Story,” “The Ruler’s Back,” “Hey Young World” and “Teenage Love.”
Three more acclaimed albums followed on the iconic Def Jam Records, and Rick collaborated with dozens of fellow artists within and outside of his genre. He even made an appearance in his fair share of movies and videos. In 2018, Rick remained the most sampled hip-hop artist of all times. His compositions have been chopped, interpolated and incorporated well over 650 times. The rapper’s passions have also led to him devoting much time to mentoring youth and raising awareness of issues affecting under served communities.
It’s hard to believe that 30 years have flown by so fast. Slick Rick’s The Great Adventures of Slick Rick is one of the best albums of all-time. It’s only fitting that Snoop Dogg be involved in this because he basically mimics Slick Rick’s style and flow. On Snoop’s debut album, Doggystyle he even borrowed Lodi Dodi and remade it himself. For all you new school cats, check out this album here for dope lyrics and storytelling from one of the best to ever do it. You best believe that when November 1st arrives, there will be something posted about this iconic album.