Slick Rick carved his name into the hip-hop history books with his 1988 classic The Great Adventures of Slick Rick. 30 years later, the Bronx transplant is celebrating the project by re-releasing the newly remastered album featuring some content that’s never been heard before in the deluxe package on his official website.
The fashion icon originally released the standout effort on Nov. 1, 1988 via Def Jam Recordings, where he signed as only their third artist. Different combinations of the repackaged album featuring a vinyl record and merchandise are available for pre-order through Slick Rick’s online store. Physical copies of the CD will be shipped Feb. 22, 2019, while vinyl records are slated to go out March 15, 2019.
Rick The Ruler has also unveiled a new track that didn’t end up making his magnum opus in “Snakes of the World Today,” which hits streaming services Friday (Nov. 2). In combination with the rerelease of The Great Adventures, the 53-year-old crafted a pair of limited-edition t-shirts in celebration of the former R&B chart-topping album that will be sold through Bravado and Rick’s online shop starting Friday (Nov. 2).
Earlier in 2018, Rick told Billboard that if he had the chance to remake The Great Adventures, he would have mixed up the track list’s order. “I would have put it out in a different order,” he said. “You know how they say you put your best foot forward and then whatever after that? Like, when we released the album, the first record that was put out was called ‘Teenage Love,’ which SHOULD have been ‘Children’s Story’ or ‘Mona Lisa.'”