Slick Rick is known as one the nicest MCs ever. He will celebrate 50 years tomorrow.
Born to Jamaican parents in London, on January 14, 1965, Slick Rick,Â born Ricky Martin Lloyd Walters, is the most successful British-American rapper in music history. Brilliant word play, the effort-less ability to bring life to the stories he rhymed about, deadÂ on pop-culture references and hilarious one-liners make him the wittiest rapper of all time.
He began his career in the late 80s, where he released a series ofÂ acclaimed recordings such as, “Children’s Story”, “La Di Da Di” andÂ “Hey Young World.” Slick Rick is best known for his British accent andÂ his story telling innovations. His music has been frequently sampledÂ and interpolated by other artists such as TLC, Talib Kweli, Eminem,Â Mos Def, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, Snoop Dogg, Alicia Keys andÂ many others; with many of these songs later becoming hit singles.Â Slick Rick is known as one of the architects of Hip-Hop.
These days, much of Slick Rickâ€™s story remains untold. The articlesÂ about his legal troubles may sell magazines, but they tend to overshadow the rapperâ€™s impressive and influential body of work.Â Despite life’s setbacks, Rick continues his commitment to his craft. Living every day with uncertainty looming, he still keeps a positive attitude as he performs throughout the country while alsoÂ participating in a plethora of personal philanthropic endeavors including mentoring grade school kids, advising music students in highÂ school and college and speaking at correctional facilities. This pastÂ year alone, Slick Rick worked withÂ Will.i.amâ€™s â€œTrans4mâ€ concert toÂ which raised more than $2.4 million for the rapper-producer’s i.am.angel Foundation. For his efforts, Ricky has received acolytes from Miami Dade College, Music Saves Lives, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and Newark, NJ Public Schools to name a few. In addition, the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture will honor Rick with an exhibition.
With more than three decades in the world of hip-hop, Slick Rick is still striving, still working, still giving back to his community and STILL RULING! For that, we will celebrate his life this Friday! Join Slick Rick for his 50th Birthday Bash.
Date: Friday, Jan 9th
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11249