Slick Rick, also known as Rick the Ruler, is a Grammy-nominated rapper from England. He started his career in 1983 during the Golden Age of hip-hop, and he joined Doug E Fresh’s Get Fresh Crew early in his career. Slick Rick is known for his narrative songs, and he is considered hip-hop’s best storyteller. In “Children’s Story” Slick Rick tells a cautionary story about two boys who start robbing people. One of the boys robs an undercover police officer and gets shot.
“Me and you, Ty, we gonna make some cash
Robbing old folks and making the dash.”
They did the job. Money came with ease
But one couldn’t stop. It’s like he had a disease
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