Slick Rick is a world-renowned British-American emcee, Def Jam’s third artist signed, and one of hip-hop’s most influential artists of all time.

On November 1, 1988, he released his classic debut album, entitled, “The Great Adventures of Slick Rick (Deluxe Edition)”, via Def Jam Recordings.  

To celebrate the album’s 30-year milestone, Dej Jam Recordings, Urban Legends, and Ume released “The Great Adventures of Slick Rick” 30th Anniversary Edition package.

“The 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition” package

Slick Rick - “The Great Adventures of Slick Rick (Deluxe Edition)” package

The 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition package includes a booklet with reproductions of lyric sheets and photos, as well as a reproduction of Slick Rick’s infamous eyepatch. Also, it contains an ode to The Great Adventures written by the legendary Nas.

All of the original songs, plus previously unreleased demo recordings for Children’s Story, A Teenage Love, Mona Lisa, and Hey Young World will be included.

Furthermore, a previously unissued song, entitled, “Snakes of the World Today”, will be featured. The braggadocios tune was written, recorded, and produced by Rick during sessions for the album.

Slick Rick – “Snakes of the World Today” single

The Great Adventures of Slick Rick was driven by the back-to-back chart successes of Teenage Love and Children’s Story.

The album soared to No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart for five weeks. Also, it was one of the first hip-hop albums to be certified platinum by the RIAA.

Slick Rick went on to release three successful follow-up albums on Def Jam: The Ruler’s Back (1991), Behind Bars (1994), and The Art of Storytelling (1999).

“The 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition” album

Slick Rick + “The Great Adventures of Slick Rick (Deluxe Edition)” artwork

Slick Rick (Ricky Martin Lloyd Walters) was born to Jamaican parents in South Wimbledon, London in 1965.

He was raised in England for most of his first ten years. Also, it was there where he was blinded in his right eye as an infant, which resulted in his signature eyepatch.

When he was eleven, his family emigrated to the Bronx, and he later attended LaGuardia High School of Music & The Arts. There he formed the Kangol Crew, a seven-member posse including Dana Dane.

No Shortcuts: Slick Rick on the 30th Anniversary of “Great Adventures”

Slick Rick graduated in ’83 and hooked up with Doug E. Fresh a year or so later, after defeating the legendary Cold Crush Brothers at a rap contest in the Bronx.

In the summer of 1985, MC Ricky D, dubbed Slick Rick by his partner, Doug E. Fresh, found success.

Rick and Fresh released their 12-inch single, The Show b/w La-Di-Da-Di via Reality Records. Shortly afterward, the record was everywhere that year and ultimately led to Rick’s contract with Def Jam.

Slick Rick – “The Great Adventures of Slick Rick (Deluxe Edition)”

We recommend supporting Slick Rick’s 30th Anniversary Edition package. Also, let us know how you feel about his “Snakes of the World Today” song in the comment section below.


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