Slick Rick’s Children’s Story To Be Re-Released As Actual Children’s Book
In the ears of many, Slick Rick’s biggest solo hit is 1988’s “Children’s Story.” The video single from The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick is a mainstream-welcomed example of Ricky Walters’ imagery, wit, and conversational style of rapping stories. The Def Jam Records single (produced by Rick himself) went to #5 on the R&B charts, and would be covered, sampled, and interpolated (Black Star, The Game, Everlast).
Set up as a bedtime story, “Uncle Ricky” read children (who were adults in the video) a tale about the good ol’ days (when people wore pajamas and lived life good). That tale, from a more innocent time, unravels to feature greed, dope fiends, shootouts, stolen cars, and more for an allegory about staying on the straight and narrow path.
Approaching 30 years later, Rick’s lines from the song are re-created in visual form for an 18-page book from Get On Down Records. Like many old school children’s books, this packaging will include a puffy cover with durable, thick pages and all. Per a Get On Down press release, “From the little boy who was misled to the tense police chase, to the unsure children hearing the story from their ‘uncle Ricky,’ this is the most unique way the story has ever been presented.”
Released for Record Store Day (April 22), the exclusive package also includes a picture sleeve 45 RPM 7″ record with “Children’s Story” b/w “The Moment I Feared” (with artwork taken from the original “Children’s Story” 12-inch), and a CD of Rick’s Def Jam/Columbia debut.
Less than one year ago, Slick Rick (who has not released an album since 1999) was granted United States citizenship.