- Slick Rick
Infobox musical artist
Name = Slick Rick
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Ricky Walters
Alias = MC Ricky D, Rick the Ruler, Slick Rick the Ruler, Uncle Richard
Born = Birth date and age|1965|1|14
New York City, New York, U.S.
Old school hip hop
Years_active = 1985–present
South Wimbledon, London, England, he moved with his family to The Bronxin 1975 where he met Dana Dane, later forming a hip hop duo as Kangol Crew. [cite web |url=http://wm05.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:0ifoxq95ld6e~T1 |title=Slick Rick Biography |accessdate=2008-05-24 |author=John Bush |work=allmusic |publisher=Macrovision Corporation] Rick's characteristic eyepatchwas acquired after being blinded in the right eye by broken glass as an infant. He is best known for a series of rap recordings during the 1980s, including " Hey Young World", " Children's Story" and " La Di Da Di", B-side of Doug E. Fresh single "The Show" (1985). Once he gained a degree of wealth, he earned a reputation for wearing an enormous amount of gold and diamond jewelry, including many large necklaces with giant pendants, bracelets, huge rings on each finger, and a gold tooth.
In 1990, Slick Rick shot a
bystanderand his cousin who he’d hired as a body guard and who later admitted to having Walters shot outside a club. Slick Rick was indicted on 2 counts of attempted murder and pled guilty to all charges which also included, assault, use of a firearm, and criminal possession of a weapon. Russell Simmons, head of Def Jamrecords, bailed him out and Rick quickly recorded " The Ruler's Back" before spending five years in prison, two for the second degree attempted murder charges he received for that shooting, and three while hassling with Immigrations Services over his residency in the US. In the documentary film, The Show, Russell Simmons interviews Rick while he was a prisoner on Rikers Island.
"La Di Da Di", "Mona Lisa" and "Children's Story" are among his best known songs, with "La Di Da Di" being covered nearly word-for-word by
Snoop Doggon his 1993 album " Doggystyle", and lines from "La Di Da Di" being borrowed by multiple high profile artists. "Children's Story" was sampled by Montell Jordanfor his 1995 hit, "This Is How We Do It",and Everlast covered it for his album Eat at Whitey's. Eminemalso borrowed from the song extensively in his diss song "Can-I-Bitch". "Children's Story" was also covered with similar lyrics by the MC duo, Black Staron their 1998 album, Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star, as well as by Trickyon the album Nearly God, with the same name and lyrics.
A third album "
Behind Bars" was recorded while still in prison, and released to lukewarm sales and reviews. Released from prison in 1998, he remained with Def Jam and on May 25, 1999released a fourth album, entitled " The Art of Storytelling", generally considered the authentic follow up to his 1988 debut. "Storytelling" was also an artistically successful comeback that paired him with MC's like Nas, OutKast, Raekwon, and Snoop Dogg, among others.
On October 6th 2008, Rick was honored on the VH1 Hip Hop Honors show.
In June 2002, after performing on a Caribbean cruise ship, Rick was arrested by the INS as he re-entered the United States through
Florida. He was promptly told that he was being deported because he is a British citizen; since he had been born in Londonand moved to the States as a youth. In 1996, a law was passed which called for foreigners convicted of violent felonies to be deported, a ruling which was more vigorously enforced amid heightened security concerns after the September 11, 2001 attacks. Rick was continuously refused bail, but after 17 months in prison he was released on November 7, 2003. [cite web |url=http://www.cnn.com/2003/SHOWBIZ/Music/11/04/slick.rick.ap/ |title=Slick Rick regains legal status |accessdate=2008-05-24 |author=Associated Press |date=2003-11-04 |work=CNN.com |publisher=Cable News Network LP] [cite web |url=http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1480288/20031107/story.jhtml |title=The Great Adventures Can Resume: Slick Rick Is A Free Man |accessdate=2008-05-24 |author=Joseph Patel |date=2003-11-07 |work=MTV.com]
Rumours suggested that Rick planned to release a new album, "The Adventure Continues," in 2007. However, in a recent XXL Magazine interview, he denied the claim. [cite web |url=http://www.xxlmag.com/online/?p=5583 |title=Slick Rick Can I Live? |accessdate=2008-05-24 |author=Brendan Frederick |date=2006-10-23 |work=XXLMag.com |publisher=Harris Publications, Inc] Rick is supposedly "waiting for a market to open up for a [more] mature audience."
In October 2006, the
Department of Homeland Securitybegan a new attempt to deport Walters, [cite web |url=http://www.vibe.com/news/news_headlines/2006/10/slick_rick_facing_deportation_again/ |title=Slick Rick Facing Deportation, Again |accessdate=2008-05-24 |author=Alexis Jeffries |date=2006-10-18 |work=VIBE.com |publisher=Vibe Media Group, Inc] moving the case from the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuitbased in New York to the more conservative Eleventh Circuit. The court is based in Atlanta, Georgiabut the trial is expected to proceed in Florida, where INS agents originally arrested Walters.
On May 23, 2008, New York Gov.
David Patersongranted Slick Rick a full and unconditional pardon on charges of attempted murder of his cousin, who was hired as his bodyguard and a bystander. [cite web |url=http://www.thonline.com/article.cfm?id=202932 |title=NY governor pardons rapper 'Slick Rick' Walters |accessdate=2008-05-25 |author=Associated Press |date=2008-05-24 |work= Telegraph Herald- Dubuque, Iowa] The governor was pleased with his behavior since the mishap. He has volunteered his time to mentor youths about violence. [cite web |url=http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080523/ap_en_mu/paterson_slick_rick;_ylt=Al1aWxqwW2.usYSy2VnlZg5xFb8C |title=Hip-hop pioneer `Slick Rick' pardoned by N.Y. gov |accessdate=2008-05-24 |author=Associated Press |date=2008-05-23 |work=Yahoo! News]
He has two children, Lateisha and Ricky, from two different mothers. He currently resides in the Bronx and lives with his son, Ricky.
The Great Adventures of Slick Rick"
May 2, 1988
**Billboard 200 chart position: #31
**R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #1
RIAA Certification: Platinum
**Singles: "Mona Lisa", "Teenage Love", "Children's Story" & "Hey Young World"
The Ruler's Back"
July 2, 1991
**Billboard 200 chart position: #29
**R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #18
RIAA Certification: Gold
**Singles: "Mistakes Of A Woman" & "I Shouldn't Have Done It"
November 22, 1994
**Billboard 200 chart position: #51
**R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #11
**Singles: "It's A Boy", "Behind Bars" & "Sittin' In My Car"
The Art of Storytelling"
May 25, 1999
**Billboard 200 chart position: #8
**R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #1
RIAA Certification: Gold
**Singles: "We Turn It On", "Street Talkin'" & "Frozen"
*1989: "If I'm Not Your Lover (12" remix from the
Al B. Sure!album "In Effect Mode")
*1994: "Let's All Get Down" (from the
Nice & Smoothalbum " Jewel of the Nile")
*1994: "Move On..." (from the compilation "
The Show (Original Soundtrack)")
*1996:"I Like" (From the
Montell Jordanalbum More...)
*1996: "Got To Give It Up" (from the
Aaliyahalbum "One in a Million")
*1997: "Just Another Case" (from the
CRUalbum " Da Dirty 30")
*1998: "Fresh" (from the
Jermaine Duprialbum " Life In 1472")
*1998: "Faces Of Def" (bonus track on
Jayo Felony's " Watcha Gonna Do?")
*1998: "Unify" (from the
Kid Caprialbum " Soundtrack to the Streets")
*1998: "Pimpin' Ain't Easy" (from "
WWF Aggression" with Ice-T& Charles Wright)
*1999: "If We Give You A Chance" (from the
Warren Galbum " I Want It All")
*1999: "Your Moms House"
*1999: "Night Riders" (from the
Rahzelalbum " Make The Music 2000")
*1999: "So Fresh" (from the
Will Smithalbum " Willennium")
*1999: "Don't Come My Way" (from the
Whiteboyssoundtrack with Common)
Da Art of Storytellin' (Pt. 1)" (from the OutKastalbum " Aquemini")
*2000: "So What" (from the
Erick Sermonalbum " Def Squad Presents Erick Onasis")
*2001: "What We Do (For Love)" (from the
De La Soulalbum "")
*2001: "Pie" (from "
WWF The Music, Vol. 5" with The Rock)
*2001: "Girls, Girls, Girls" (from the
Jay-Zalbum " The Blueprint")
*2001: "Guidance Counselor"(from the
Little-T And One Track Mikealbum " Fome Is Dape")
*2002: "Women Lose Weight" (from the
*2004: "The Return (Remix)" (from the
Jay-Z/ R. Kellyalbum " Unfinished Business")
*2005: Performs live for Vox Entertainment @ Club Strata NYC
*2005: "Bedtime Story" (from the AZ album "A.W.O.L.")
*2005: "The Sun" (from the
Ghostface Killahalbum " Put It on the Line")
*2005: "Irresistible Delicious" (from the
Missy Elliottalbum " The Cookbook")
*2006: "Vows" (from the
Juggaknotsalbum " Use Your Confusion")
Hip Hop Police" (from the Chamillionairealbum " Ultimate Victory")
*2008: "VH1 Hip Hop Honors" (Honoree)
*Backstage appearance on
Jay-Z's "Fade to Black" DVD.
Ludacris's music video for the single, " Number One Spot."
*Cameo, wearing his excessive jewelry in the New York Shit music video (2:56) by Busta Rhymes featuring Swizz Beatz.
*Himself in the game "".
*Drug kingpin in the 1999 movie "
Whiteboyz", co-starring fellow rappers Doug E. Fresh, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Fat Joe, Dead Prezand Mic Geronimo.
*Cameo in the film "Brown Sugar", which starred
Taye Diggsand Sanaa Lathan.
*Himself in the seminal Run DMC film, Tougher Than Leather, performing the song Treat Them Like a Prostitute.
* [http://www.villagevoice.com/music/0703,reischel,75539,22.html Village Voice Article]
* [http://www.ricktheruler.net Slick Rick Fan Site]
* [http://www.scion.com/broadband/index.html?ch=0&sh=1&ep=0 Slick Rick Video Interview with Scion Broadband]
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