You can divide storytelling in hip hop into two eras – before Slick Rick and after Slick Rick.

A UK ex-pat who moved to the Bronx as a pre-teen, Ricky Walters’ narrative-weaving artistry has influenced whole generations of MCs, from Ghostface Killah to Andre 3000. In this video he sits down with ego trip’s Chairman Mao to discuss his classic ‘88 debut album, ‘The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick’, as part of the Red Bull Music Academy World Tour’s NYC stop, ‘Five Out Of Five’.

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Lecture: Slick Rick (RBMA World Tour 2011) from Red Bull Music Academy on Vimeo.