Children's Story: Slick Rick Pardoned

rewindSlick Rick won't be deported back to the United Kingdom thanks to a pardon he received for the attempted murders of two men in 1991.

I collected the Rap Traxx compilations that came out in the late 80s and early 90s, and the best cut on Rap Traxx 2 was Slick Rick's "Children's Story". My brothers and I would imitate Slick Rick's delivery and rap this sucker all the damn time.

Here's the video for "Children's Story". It's still a great tale.

If you want to hear another classic Slick Rick song, look no further than this awesome version of "La Di Da Di".

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Toronto Mike

By the way, that "La Di Da Di" I'm linking to contains the "Pink Lady" sample which you don't find on the CD versions. This version, the bestest version evah, was ripped from the original 12".

It's fun to listen to "La Di Da Di" over and over again just to name the recent songs that have sampled it.

May 23, 2008 @ 5:08 PM

Toronto Mike

And thanks to Wikipedia, here's a taste of who's sampled Slick Rick's "La Di Da Di". This isn't complete though, as I see it's missing Maestro Fresh-Wes.

* "Pump Me Up," from Will Smith's album Willenium contains a sample from the track.
* The chorus of The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Hypnotize" borrowed from this song. A line from La Di Da Di is also featured in Junior M.A.F.I.A.'s hit single "Player's Anthem." The Notorious B.I.G. was a member of this group as well.
* Snoop Dogg also covered this song nearly word-for-word as "Lodi Dodi" on his album Doggystyle. Interestingly, his single Real Talk from his album Tha Blue Carpet Treatment later sampled the song, saying, "La di da di/Listen everybody/We do cause trouble/And we shoot up the party/We are just some niggaz from the LBC/Fuck a gangsta quick/On some dangerous shit," which is opposite what he said on Doggystyle thirteen years previously.
* Sublime samples a piece of the "I'm Feeling sad and blue" near the end of April 29 1992
* Color Me Badd sampled La Di Da Di in their hit "I Wanna Sex You Up."
* Black Sheep's song "To Whom It May Concern" off of their album A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing samples La Di Da Di.
* Mindless Self Indulgence covered the song (with modified lyrics) with Kenny Muhammad as The beatboxer.
* The song was remade by North Carolina underground producer DJ Ogizzie.
* Silkk The Shocker and Mia X imitated the song in the chorus of "All Because Of You."
* Norwegian hip-hop band Tungtvann performed a translated cover in Norwegian at the Roskilde Festival in 2001. This live version is included on their 2007 album "96%".
* Korn covers the song's main lyric in the song "Ball Tongue"
* Kardinal Offishall also borrows from this song, changing the lyrics, in his song "Sick" featuring Bounty Killer.
* Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth use samples of the song in the chorus of their song "Death Becomes You".
* Jim's Big Ego covers the first half this song as a bridge in their cover of The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) by Simon and Garfunkel.
* Naughty by Nature samples the line "hit it!" in the song O.P.P..
* N.W.A. samples the line "as we go a little something like this, hit it!" in the song Gangsta Gangsta.
* Ludacris samples the "like this!" in the song Runaway Love.
* Several of the lines from the song are sampled as scratches at the end of Millionaire by Kelis and Andre 3000.
* Eminem uses a similar style of lyrics in his song "Quitter," particularly in the very beginning of the song.
* Mya uses the lyrics in the chorus of her song "Ayo"
* Hed PE uses similar lyrics in the chorus of their song "Crazy Legs".
* Common uses the end part of La di Da di in his chorus for *I Used to Love H.E.R.
* Ras Kass used a portion of song for his song *Conceited Bastard
* K-OS uses the line "We don't start trouble and we don't bother nobody" in his song Flypaper
* MC Eiht recorded a version of the song which used the beat from Snoop Dogg's cover Lodi Dodi and contained similar lyrics to the original song.
* 2Pac uses the lines "La Di Da Di" in his song "Old School" and also uses the lines "For all of ya'll keepin' ya'll in hear/Let's just see you smile and enjoy yourself" in his song "Lost Souls"
* Nas raps the verse "We had boxes bumping La Di Da Di" in his collaboration with fellow rapper AZ on the song "The Essence," which appeared on AZ's 2002 album Aziatic.
* Robbie Williams uses the lyric, "when I rock the mic, I rock the mic, right" in his track Rock DJ.
* Fabolous interpolates the lyrics "I said 'I'm 19,' she said 'stop lying'" into the song "Right Now & Later On," where he raps "Mami can't stop eyeing, and when I said my rims was only 19's, she said 'stop lying'".
* D.R.E.S. tha Beatnik performed "La Di Da Di" with Slick Rick live on Tour in December 2007 with the SCION LIVE METRO TOUR. The Tour included performances by Connie Price & the Keystones,Percee P,DJ Haul & DJ Kaos (Slick Rick's DJ). The Tour travelled from Austin, Texas to Houston, Texas, to Atlanta,Georgia before ending in Raleigh, North Carolina with an impromptu performance with Big Daddy Kane.
* Ice-T's track "Radio Suckers" from the Power album contains a reference to the song in the lyrics: "They bleeped words from Doug's La-Di-Da-Di, I can't get a bleep - What's the deal? Maybe my words are just too real". Also, the song "My Word is Bond" from the album The Iceberg samples the "Stop Lyin'" through the background of the song.
* Das EFX sample the oft used "like this" for their song "If Only".
* Gang Starr sample the song's line at the beginning "Ok, Party People in the house" in their song "B.Y.S." on their album "Daily Operation"
* The Roots use the line "La Di Da Di, who likes to party" in the beginning of their song, "Mellow My Man" from their album, "Do You Want More?!!!??!"
* The chorus in Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige's song "Your Welcome" borrows lyrics from this song.
* Jeune Chilly Chill and Dom HameLLL perform a version of the song translated in French on the Swaggalicioso mixtape.
* Del the Funkee Homosapien sampled the line "to wash up" in his song "If You Must", which appeared on his 2000 album "Both Sides of the Brain", as well as the soundtrack to the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 video game.
* Sage Francis used the first lines of the song in "Midgets and Giants," saying "La di da di / I hate party people!"
* Spice One used the first lines of the song in "Strap on the Side."
* Biz Markie uses "Now what was I to do / she's crying over me and she was feeling blue" in "Young Girl Blues."
* Mos Def uses "Go ask my motha" in "Ghetto Rock."
* Gigi D'Agostino uses the sample "Ok, Party People in the house" in his song "Medicina Naturale" published under his pseudonym Dottor Dag.

May 23, 2008 @ 5:12 PM


a friend and i went from buffalo to rochester about 20 years ago to see doug e fresh and slick rick, among others. there was even a LP album that had a picture of the crowd on the back from that night. you can see two white hands raised in the crowd. one is mine. this brings back memories.

May 23, 2008 @ 10:16 PM

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