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Here’s the Story Behind a Classic Slick Rick Album Cover

Photographer Glen E. Friedman shared the tale on Instagram

adventures slick rick

Is there any classic hip-hop photo that wasn’t snapped by Glen E. Friedman?

It turns out that Friedman even shot the cover of the classic album The Great Adventures of Slick Rick. According to Friedman, the shoot was done on Friedman’s roof because the Ruler was concerned that his jewelry would be unsafe in Times Square. Friedman told the story in an Instagram post:

The Great Adventures of Slick Rick! One of my classic album covers, not only did i make the photos, but the whole album title and font design were also my ideas. We did this on the roof of my old building just before X-mas. My original idea was to take him to Times Square to work the photography. But Rick didn’t want to shoot on the street, he was concerned about his own safety with all his jewelry, unless i had body guards with us, and that wasn’t my style so we just did it up on my roof on 22nd street, and i came up with this new idea of him sneaking around the city via roof tops, in this image looking up town, most notably with the Metropolitan Life building in its art-deco style, beautiful and the closest in the background. One of the few times i used a 6×7 camera. There are other things about this cover we could talk about, but i’ll leave that to another outlet, interview or public talk. #theRuler #SlickRick #hiphop #OldSchool #defJam #newyorkcity #adventure #childrensstory #mcRickyD #skyline #inspiration #classicHipHop

A photo posted by glen E. friedman Ⓥ (@glenefriedman) on


Here’s the album cover in better resolution:

slick rick album cover

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