Last week, Slick Rick remerged after an elongated period of inactivity to announce the 30-year anniversary edition of his classic debut. The news brought tears of joy to fans who've endured the antiquated recording on the original "remaster." Not once did it occur to me, that Slick Rick might be planning a return to the gridlock like he has just now, on Mariah Carey's 3rd single for her forthcoming comeback project Caution.
Slick Rick the Ruler has appeared on the odd track here and there, but never in a unified manner, not since the late 2000s when he dusted off his britches to trade verses with OutKast, then in 2009 on Raekwon's OB4CL II, where his slick cadence was the perfect compliment to the Wu-snares.
And yet, Slick Rick isn't the only notable guest on Mimi's "Giving Me Life." That privilege goes to artist goes to the artist formerly known as Blood Orange. I couldn't have scripted this one myself. Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
Oh, my philosophy
Doesn't quite apply to you and me
But I won't think too much
So, come on and feel my touch
It wasn't really much at all
Just a little sensitivity of the soul
Here in my heart is where you should be
Ooh, you are.