Slick Rick

From15 June 2019to01 August 2019

Slick Rick

Slick Rick (born January 14, 1965) is the stage name of Richard Walters an English-American Rapper born in London, UK.

Born in Mitcham, London, UK, to British Jamaican parents, Walters was blinded in his right eye by broken glass at an early age and has wore a distinctive eye patch ever since. The family moved to Brooklyn, New York, U.S. in 1977 with Walters starting his music career in late 1983 after going Doug E. Fresh’s Get Fresh Crew under the moniker MC Ricky D. Within the hip hop genre, Walters recorded a series of highly acclaimed tracks including “La Di Da” and “Children’s Story” which received modest mainstream attention.

In 1988 Walters released his solo debut album “The Great Adventures of Slick Rick” on Def Jam Records, the biggest hip hop label at the time, due to an acquaintance with head Russell Simmons. The album achieved critical acclaim and reached No. 1 on Billboards R&B/Hop-Hop chart and featured the charted singles “Hey Young World” and “Teenage Love” and the highly popular but radio unplayable “Treat Her Like A Prostitute”.

Walters was incarcerated for five years in 1990, two years for shooting his cousin Mike Plummer after Plummer had Walters shot outside of a club, and three years for his continued struggle with Immigration and Naturalization Services over his U.S. residency. Before the sentencing Russell Simmons bailed him out and Walters’ second album “The Ruler’s Back” was released to limited commercial success and acclaim. His third studio album the suitably named “Behind Bars” was released in 1994 whilst he remained in prison and received much of the same lukewarm approval of his second.

Dubbed as the follow-up to the classic “The Great Adventures of Slick Rick”, “The Art of Storytelling” released on May 25, 1999, was Walters’ most successful album charting at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Featuring artists OutKast, Nas and Snoop Dog, the album cemented Walters’ position as a disciple of the golden age of hip hop.

Walters is known as a pioneer of narrative rap with his laudable storytelling and adoption of various voices in his tracks, as well as being noted for his use of the ‘Queen’s English’ including enviable diction and British-tinged pronunciation. The influence of Slick Rick on the hip hop genre is evident with consistent references to him in modern pop culture and covers of his songs.

Saturday 15 June 2019
Slick Rick
with 50 Cent, Too $hort, and 7 others
Treasure Island Amphitheater, Welch, MN, US

Saturday 22 June 2019
Slick RicK
The Nines (formerly Redlight Lounge), Dallas, TX, US

Friday 19 July 2019
Slick Rick
with Turkuaz
123 Pleasant Street, Morgantown, WV, US

Thursday 25 July 2019
Slick Rick
with EPMD and Kid Capri
Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH, US

Thursday 01 August 2019
Slick Rick
with Eric B. & Rakim and Lil’ Cease
Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, Coney Island, NY, US

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