Today in Hip Hop History: The Ruler’s Back

Slick Rick - The Ruler's Back (1991)

July 2, 1991

British-American rapper Slick Rick released his second studio album, “The Ruler’s Back”, through Def Jam Recordings in 1991. “The Ruler’s Back” features production from Slick Rick, Vance Wright and Mr. Lee, in addition to Russell Simmons as the executive producer.

The entire album was recorded quickly before Slick Rick was sentenced to a 5 year prison term for 2 attempted murders and immigration violations. Because of this, Slick Rick was going through tough times during the recording process, and the chaotic breathlessness of the music captures that.

Upon its release, “The Ruler’s Back” achieved notable chart success, peaking at number 29 on the Billboard 200, and number 18 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The album also contains the hit single “I Shouldn’t Have Done It”, which peaked at number 2 on the Hot Rap Singles. Despite this, “The Ruler’s Back” is seen as somewhat of a let down after his classic debut album “The Adventures of Slick Rick”.