The Ruler’s Back

The Ruler’s Back

JAY-Z

The opening song on Jay-Z’s sixth studio album, The Blueprint, is a tribute to the Slick Rick song of the same name. In addition, it gets back at Nas for a then-recent insult, setting the stage for the full-fledged confrontation that followed.

In an interview with XXL magazine Hov elaborated on his tribute to The Ruler:

I don’t think Slick Rick had enough material. It was unfair that he didn’t get a chance to really be home in the studio and really do that again. So you gotta understand why he’s not there. The Great Adventures of Slick Rick is one of the greatest albums ever made. The Storyteller was brilliant on that. I like to pay homage. I love the culture. I really love the culture. Even to a fault. Sometimes I’m criticized for it. That’s one of the big things. You gotta pay respect to the culture.