Behind Bars (Slick Rick song)

"Behind Bars" is the first single released from Slick Rick's third album, Behind Bars. It was released on November 8, 1994 . The original version was produced by Prince Paul, but was scrapped for the album and single in favor of remixes by The Epitome of Scratch and Warren G.[1][2] The single was released while Rick was still in jail and featured an entirely animated music video for the remix that was produced by Warren G (who also contributed a verse on one of his mixes); the music video was animated and directed by Sash Andranikian.[3] "Behind Bars" became Slick Rick's first and only single to reach the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at 87 on the chart, the song also made it to 63 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and 12 on the Hot Rap Singles.[4][5]

"Behind Bars"
Behind Bars.jpg
Single by Slick Rick
from the album Behind Bars
B-side"Behind Bars (Remix)"
ReleasedNovember 8, 1994
Recorded1994
GenreHip hop
Length3:24
LabelDef Jam Recordings
Songwriter(s)Ricky Walters
Producer(s)Prince Paul
Slick Rick singles chronology
"It's a Boy"
(1991)
"Behind Bars"
(1994)
"Sittin' in My Car"
(1995)
Music video
"Behind Bars" on YouTube

Single track listingEdit

A-SideEdit

  1. "Behind Bars" (Dum Ditty Dum Mix) - 3:21
  2. "Behind Bars" (Dum Ditty Dum Mix) - 3:21 (Featuring Warren G)

B-SideEdit

  1. "Behind Bars" (LP Version) - 3:24
  2. "Behind Bars" (Dum Ditty Dum Instrumental) - 3:21

ChartsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1994) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 87
US Billboard Hot Black Singles[7] 63
US Billboard Hot Rap Singles[8] 12

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ BEHIND BARS ( Slick Rick ) Prince Paul unreleased rough mix recorded 92 ?, retrieved 2017-09-01
  2. ^ "Slick Rick - Behind Bars". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-09-01.
  3. ^ IMDB: "Behind Bars"
  4. ^ "Slick Rick Hot 100 Chart History". Billboard. Archived from the original on 29 June 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Slick Rick Hot R&B/Hip-hop Songs Chart History". Billboard. Archived from the original on 4 May 2018. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Slick Rick - Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved September 19, 2021.
  7. ^ "Slick Rick - Billboard Hot Black Singles". Billboard. Retrieved September 19, 2021.
  8. ^ "Slick Rick - Billboard Hot Rap Singles". Billboard. Retrieved September 19, 2021.