100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time

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76. Slick Rick, "Children's Story"

Slick Rick was hip-hop's first great storyteller – "wise as an owl, soft as a dove" amid "all these angry motherfuckers," as he put it. And this bedtime tale about two kids who take up "robbin' old folks" remains hip-hop's most deftly detailed story-song. Told in a flurry of voices, it rendered Rick's "ghetto ambience" with playful brilliance.

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