Slick Rick

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2013 (The 2014 Induction Ceremony)

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Will Slick Rick be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


24 comments so far (post your own)

Rick the Ruler!!!!

Posted by Chalkie on Thursday, 12.13.07 @ 19:35pm

Hell Yeah 20 Years later and I'm still listening to his debut.He influenced a lot of artist.So what if he's not "Rock"You whiney white boys are funny.

Posted by Leon on Friday, 09.12.08 @ 14:47pm

Hey Leon - You seem to be hung up on this color issue. We maybe funny - you are not.

Posted by Dameon on Friday, 09.12.08 @ 15:04pm

Yeah, us whiney white boys also know his track record isn't so hot when it comes to the I & I arguments given here. Remember, you said it yourself on another page - African Americans gave up on rock cause you felt it was boring. To come back to it and then claim you know who should be in the Hall after all these years is perhaps, just perhaps stretching it a mite.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Friday, 09.12.08 @ 15:23pm

Hey Dameon I wasn't trying to be funny!And I am very hung up on color.

Posted by Leon on Friday, 09.12.08 @ 16:45pm

Hey Cheesecorp I can't have an opinion about the hall because my people have given up on the genre Rock&Roll?lol I can comment on what ever I want.The last track on Slick Ricks Classic Debut "The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick"pretty much sums up the rest of my feelings about this.

Posted by Leon on Friday, 09.12.08 @ 17:24pm


Then leave your hang-ups at home and stay on subject. It is just boring here.

Posted by Dameon on Friday, 09.12.08 @ 17:24pm

Hey Dameon I think Slick Rick should Be a double inductee,as a member of the rap group Doug E Fresh And the Get Fresh Crew and a solo artist.Like it or not there will be some Hip hop in the hall.its that same whiny attitude that killed rock&roll.Hip Hop is what Rock use to be.

Posted by Leon on Friday, 09.12.08 @ 18:01pm

Leon -

Nobody's saying you can't have an opinion on anything. It's just that you ARE bringing color into a place that didn't have an issue w/it till you jumped into the fray. If you'll recall, I attempted to engage a discussion based on what hip-hop groups really should be represented in a ROCK hall of fame. As I said during that post, I had no issue w/certain rap acts making the cut. I will admit, as I did before, to having issues w/hip-hop that has no honest, tangible connection to the rock process. Certain acts definitely belong, and others don't. Simple as that.

I'm sorry there isn't a Hip-Hop Hall, but I think you know that will be remedied in the near future.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Friday, 09.12.08 @ 18:44pm far as "my people" go, Dameon, Lax25, Cheesecrop, Philip, mrxyz, etc... are "my people"!!! Why? Because we all love the music and love discussing and having lively debates about it. I don't know what "color" any of the above are, and I rightfully don't care. Try being part of the solution and quit being part of the problem...stand on your own two feet and quit trying to speak for "your people". You'll find a lot of them don't share your views...AT ALL!!! I know my friends don't.

Posted by Gitarzan on Friday, 09.12.08 @ 19:46pm

Hey Cheesecrop Very mature respons.But I will always see things that way I see them.May be next time I'll word it better.

Hey Gitarzan Didn't know I could be part of the solution?But what's the problem?I'm just someone leaving comments on a website.If you don't like what I leave then don't read it.And as far as my people go you really don't know them,so you can't speak for them.Slick Rick has a song on us debut album(The Great Adventures of Slick Rick)its the last track.That song pretty much sums up the rest of my reply

Posted by Leon on Friday, 09.12.08 @ 21:00pm

Hmmm...why don't you define "my people" then. Yep, to be part of the solution, you've got to know what the problem is. To me, you're obviously hung up on color even though you don't even know what types of people you're talking to. One thing rock did in the 50's was break down racial barriers, now a bunch of ignorant fools want to build them back up.

Since you want to get vulgar with your replies, the only thing I can say about the rest of your reply is "It would help if you had any!!!"

'Nuff Said...Take a hike, Leon!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Friday, 09.12.08 @ 22:06pm

Here is the problem between you and me. I have no p;roblem with groundbreaking Hip-Hop bands being inducted; you think that the white boys here don't want to see it. The question would be; when the time comes for Hip-Hop to have there own HoF, will they induct Blondie, Aerosmith and Anthrax? Or will they keep the long haired white boys out? I don't give a sh*t one way or another. But I do know this, I was listening to Motwon before you were born and I was playing the Blues before you knew what music was.
So take your color shit and complain to the good Rev, Al (fatso - I am a thief) Sharpton. Maybe he will march on this site.

Posted by Dameon on Friday, 09.12.08 @ 23:58pm far as "my people" go, Dameon, Lax25, Cheesecrop, Philip, mrxyz, etc... are "my people"!!! Why? Because we all love the music and love discussing and having lively debates about it. I don't know what "color" any of the above are, and I rightfully don't care. --Dameon

Thanks Dameon, I appreciate being thought of as one of the peeps! As for race, I'm all honky. Mix of Dutch and German heritage, but I've been exposed to some hip-hop and rap through my work relations... a lot of my coworkers are/have been Black.

As I said, I don't have a problem with hip-hop/rap acts making the hall if their contributions are germane to rock'n'roll. That's why I kinda think Willie Nelson is somewhat deserving of the honor too, despite being country. (Though, I think he's more influential to the rock scene nowadays because of his love for weed more than the music, imo.) But I'll admit, I had never heard anything by Flash & Five until they were announced as one of the inductees for 2007. Because of that, I took it upon myself to familiarize myself with them. 2 minutes into "Freedom" I said to myself, "Oh hell yeah, they belong." As for other Black artists, there's a load of soul/R&B groups I'd still like to see get inducted.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 09.13.08 @ 01:02am

Everyone -

Let's not be senseless and jump on Leon here. Personal story here (and I'll try to avoid this in the future):

1996. I'm rolling through the back end of college, and in order to come up to snuff, course crdit wise, I took a course in African geography (part of a group of courses I took for geo. around the world - lots of easy credits). I was one of only two white guys, along w/about five white girls, in the whole class. No Latinos, no Asians, - 7 Europeans amongst an all African American class. One lady(several years older than myself), turned around and tried to summon up the sense that "they should get theirs" so to speak, but most everyone in the class turned this option down. Passed the class and rolled into the summer.

I think (in rock terms) the reason people feel Slick Rick shouldn't be in the Hall is the same reason we reject solo-era Steve Perry as akin to Journey. There's no way to get around the Hall's goof ups down the line. However, hip-hop is just now coming up to the eligibility line. If Wenner & the back-room boys messed up w/something they did know (i.e. rock), just imagine the nightmare were in for when it comes to inducting rap acts in to the Hall.

Just wait till they try to tell us that Terence Trent D'Arby was actually more influential than Run D.M.C. to hip-hop (lol) - though I do like "Wishing Well".

Posted by Cheesecrop on Saturday, 09.13.08 @ 05:55am

Hey Dameon If there was a Hip-Hop Hall Of Fame I would not have a problem with long haired white boys getting in.Anthrax,Aerosmith,
Blonde,Rick Rubin,Clive Calder,Trevor Horn,David Bowie,DJ Shadow,Tom Silverman,Lyor Cohen and so many other long haired white boys qualify as far as I'm concerned.So what if you were listening to Motown before I was born it doesn't change anything.And as far as the blues my people sang the blues all over this country because our conditions required a musical articulation of our reality.And what does the Honorable Reverend Al Sharpton have to do with this.I don't need him to deal with you!I can post any comment I want and if some of them are about color so what deal with it you don't have to read it.I don't need for Al Sharpton to protest this site.When all I have to do is continue to post my comments when ever I feel like it.No need to reply because I won't be reading any more of your comments.May be you and your"Peeps"can start another website with more like minded people like can call it

Posted by Leon on Saturday, 09.13.08 @ 06:06am

The way I am reading it, the only one whining here is you. And don't even try to lecture me on the Blues.

Posted by Dameon on Saturday, 09.13.08 @ 07:55am

They haven't deported him back to Bloody England yet !!! Treat 'Em Like A Prostitute.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Saturday, 09.13.08 @ 13:36pm

Hey Joe-Ski the govenor of New York just granted him a parden.20 years later and that album still "Rocks".
Hey Cheesecorp nice story.In the near future let's agree to disagree and leave the childish comments out.I admit my whiny white boy statement was a bit much.Hope I didn't ofend you. from here on Ill leave color out.

Posted by Leon on Saturday, 09.13.08 @ 17:35pm

As for Slick Rick - I always have to stick up for my Bronx mates. People don't give the Bronx enough credit; afterall, it produced me.

Posted by Dameon on Saturday, 09.13.08 @ 18:23pm

Leon -

I'll wander off the basics here and give you my version of a hip-hop Hall. It's set up mostly like the Rock Hall. I'd have it where only 5 artists a year were inducted - I've always felt the Rock hall rushed the 50's artists through like a cattle call in the first 2 yrs. so they could get right to the 60's artists they were dying to salute. I'd have 2 influential execs./producers admitted as well, and three early influences (later brought down to perhaps one or two as we move further along. Waiting period the same - 25 yrs.

First Class:

Sugarhill Gang
Kurtis Blow
Grandmaster Flash
Afrika Bambaataa
Run D.M.C.

Early influences:

Kool Herc
James Brown
George Clinton

Posted by Cheesecrop on Sunday, 09.14.08 @ 08:42am

Hey Cheesecrop 1 word perfect.Now who do we talk to about getting this off the ground?You know my trips to the record shop have been pretty interesting since I stumbled on to this website.There's a lot of acts that I didn't even know were not in The Hall.And it only gets worse as the years go by.

Posted by Leon on Sunday, 09.14.08 @ 18:07pm

I say no.
Slick Rick is influential and a great storyteller but overall he never really had a great follow up to "the great adventurs of slick rick".Now the art of storytelling as a underrated album but its not a classic or anything.Hes not one of the rappers that I think should get in.I think KRS-1 should get in twice for his work with boogie down productions and solo and I think ice cube and Dre should get in twice as well but not some of these guys.There is just some rap acts not hall of fame worthy and slick rick is one of them who is on the bubble but just doesnt make the cut.

Posted by Chris on Monday, 12.1.08 @ 22:49pm

Slick Rick was a one album wonder and brought cursing to Rap Music through Def Jam. Did I vote for him, no. There are many others in Rap Music that never got the credit because Hip-hop never knew them. I.e. - Crash Crew,Spoonin G, Super Rhymes, Kurtis Blow, Treacherous 3, Fearlous 4, ect. First we have to acknowledge those who started "Rap Music", then we can start giving credit to the people "America" knows and made famous. The should be a Rap Music Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Soul Music Hall of Fame, Country Hall of Fame, and one big music Hall of Fame for all categories of music that they give Grammys to. Stop being so segregated, this is 2009 and we have a Black President.

Posted by McClendon Jr. on Saturday, 10.3.09 @ 01:07am

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