Children's Story - Wikipedia

Children's Story

"Children's Story" is a song recorded by British-American hip hop artist Slick Rick. Taken as the second single from his album The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, the song was a Top 5 hit on both the Hot R&B Singles and the Hot Rap Tracks charts. It is one of the most sampled rap songs of all time.[1]

"Children's Story"
Slick Rick - Children's Story.jpg
Single by Slick Rick
from the album The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
ReleasedApril 4, 1989
GenreHip hop
Songwriter(s)Ricky Walters
Producer(s)Slick Rick
Slick Rick singles chronology
"Teenage Love"
"Children's Story"
"Hey Young World"
Audio sample
"Children's Story"


The song interpolates the notes of the bassline from Bob James' song "Nautilus". Throughout the outro, it contains vocal samples from Lyn Collins and James Brown in their song "Think (About It)".

ReceptionEdit listed it at 44 on their list of the top 100 rap songs,[2] and is ranked #61 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.[3]

Commercial PerformanceEdit

Children's Story reached 5 in the Hot R&B Singles, staying there for 19 weeks[4] and 2 on the Hot Rap Tracks, remaining on the charts for 11 weeks.[5] This was the best performing single from The Great Adventures of Slick Rick.

Covers, samples and uses in popular cultureEdit


On March 21, 2017, it was announced that "Children's Story" was going to be produced into a children's book by Get It Down, a record label based in Boston, Massachusetts. The book was released with a reissue of the album on Record Store Day.[6][7][8]


  1. ^ "Slick Rick". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved 2017-07-21.
  2. ^ Top 100 Rap Songs
  3. ^ Stereogum: VH1’s 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs
  4. ^ "Slick Rick - Chart history | Billboard". Retrieved 2017-07-21.
  5. ^ "Slick Rick - Chart history | Billboard". Retrieved 2017-07-21.
  6. ^ "Get On Down: Get On Down 2017 Record Store Day Releases! «". Archived from the original on 2017-07-06. Retrieved 2017-07-21.
  7. ^ "Slick Rick's 'Children's Story' Gets Turned Into Kid's Book - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved 2017-07-21.
  8. ^ "Slick Rick's "Children's Story" Turned Into Actual Children's Book | Pitchfork". Retrieved 2017-07-21.

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