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Episode #33 | 6.11.19

Slick Rick: Hustle, Iconic Flow and a Menacing Tormentor

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Slick Rick has one of the most iconic voices in hip hip history. His style is completely his own and his success owes as much to his delivery as it does to his hustle. Slick Rick worked hard to get to the top and once he made it he was nearly cut down by drugs and violence. Violence inflicted upon him by someone from his inner circle. Listen to hear how Slick Rick fought back and continued his flow.

Sources

Village Voice: Slick Trouble

Billboard: Def Jam Launches Free Slick Rick Petition

Red Bull Music Academy: Slick Rick Details the Making of His Debut Album

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation by Jeff Chang

Life and Def: Sex, Drugs, Money + God by Russell Simmons

Sabotage Times: The Misadventures of Slick Rick

Disgraceland is a podcast about musicians getting away with murder and behaving very badly. It melds music history, true crime and transgressive fiction. Disgraceland is not journalism. Disgraceland is entertainment. Entertainment inspired by true events. However, certain scenes, characters and names are sometimes fictionalized for dramatic purposes.

Music

Score by Jake Brennan. 

Mixed and Engineered by Sean Cahalin.

Disgraceland theme song, "Crenshaw Space Boogie" written and produced by Jake Brennan. Performed by Jake Brennan, Bryce Kanzer, Jay Cannava and Evan Kenney. Mixed and engineered by Adam Taylor.

*illustrations by Avi Spivak @avispivak