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The 25 must-own hip-hop LPs from 1991

Yardbarker Logo By Jeremy Smith of Yardbarker | Slide 2 of 26: The Ruler’s follow-up to all-timer “The Great Adventures of Slick Rick” is unpolished, repetitive, and clearly the work of a man scrambling to cut an LP before he gets thrown in stir. The uptempo tracks play against the emcee’s relaxed, sing-songy storytelling strengths, but he can still spit exquisite rhymes (even though his delivery often sounds more like Rakim than Rick). Everything you adore about The Ruler is there in “I Shouldn’t Have Done It”, “Mistakes of a Woman in Love with Other Men” and “It’s a Boy” (the three singles, natch), but you can’t fake that nervous edge of a man who knows he's about to go away to jail for ten years. It makes for an oddly tense listen.

25. Slick Rick - "The Ruler's Back"

The Ruler’s follow-up to all-timer “The Great Adventures of Slick Rick” is unpolished, repetitive, and clearly the work of a man scrambling to cut an LP before he gets thrown in stir. The uptempo tracks play against the emcee’s relaxed, sing-songy storytelling strengths, but he can still spit exquisite rhymes (even though his delivery often sounds more like Rakim than Rick). Everything you adore about The Ruler is there in “I Shouldn’t Have Done It”, “Mistakes of a Woman in Love with Other Men” and “It’s a Boy” (the three singles, natch), but you can’t fake that nervous edge of a man who knows he's about to go away to jail for ten years. It makes for an oddly tense listen.

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