Slick Rick is widely regarded as one of the greatest storytellers in hip-hop history. While his musical output has slowed of late, his technical ability has remained sharp throughout the passing decades. Last year, French Montana tapped the legend to play a prominent role in his "No Stylist" video, and Rick emphasized that his disdain for stylists made him the perfect man for the job. "I don't need a stylist, so we went that route—I went that route," he claimed in an interview, before teasing an unreleased verse that ultimately went unused.
Now, Rick has dropped off his "No Stylist" contribution, leaving us wondering why he was never brought into the fold for an official remix. Off the bat, his dexterous flow and iconic cadence define flippancy, as he walks through an annoying experience with a well-intentioned though altogether out-of-touch stylist. Even now, Slick Rick sounds like he can outflow some of the new-school rappers on wax. Does he still got it, by your estimation?
Walk into who, son? French Montana's video shoot
And his plane hasn't land so sole of command son,
Show us around son, Flow is so grand son
'Hi my name is so-and-so and um, I'll be your stylist"
Boasting for what son, show what you got then!