Slick Rick Releases 2 Brand New Songs. He’s Still Got The Midas Touch (Audio)
Slick Rick maintains a very active 35-plus-year-Rap career. In the last year, he has worked with Black Eyed Peas, appeared in music videos by Nas, French Montana & Drake, and sat down with GQ to show off his truck jewelry collection. In late 2018, Rick Walters also worked with Def Jam Records on the 30th-anniversary collector’s edition re-release of his acclaimed debut album, The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick. That rollout included some previously-unreleased music from the late 1980s sessions.
Although Rick is active, like peers Big Daddy Kane and Rakim, he is not so keen on dropping new solo songs. Early in the second, Rick made “Need Some Bad” for The Sitter soundtrack. However, the Bronx, New York representative dropped two songs today that involve sound-beds heard in Hip-Hop’s early park jams.
“Midas Touch” finds MC Ricky D getting busy to Lyn Collins’ “Think (About It),” produced and written by James Brown. With a DJ scratching the break (along with some enhanced drums), Rick improvises a conversational style, using just a few cadences. He splashes in some humor, with a Popeye reference and whimsical singing.
“Can’t Dance To A Track That Ain’t Got No Soul” breaks from Rick’s repertoire. In a more plain style, Rick raps along to Funkadelic’s 1979 “Not Just Knee Deep” beat. The elite MC is having fun, repeating the title alongside one of George Clinton’s most beloved creations. He adds some profanity, just like only Slick Rick can.
Perhaps the most significant takeaway from this development is that Slick Rick feels like dropping songs at random. Twenty years after The Art Of Storytelling, Heads are ready. Earlier this month, Rakim suggested that he is thinking about some new music too.