Richard Walters (born January 14, 1965), better known by his stage name Slick Rick (also known as MC Ricky D and Rick the Ruler) is a Grammy-nominated British American rapper. He began his career in late 1983, in the hip hop genre, where he recorded a series of acclaimed recordings such as, “Children’s Story”, “La Di Da Di” and “Hey Young World
SLICK RICK – AKA Richard Waters
- Born : South Wimbledon, London
- Date of Birth : January 14, 1965
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He immigrated with his family to the Bronx in the late ’70s and attended the La Guardia High School of Music & Art, where he became friends with future rapper Dana Dane
. Rick began to gravitate towards the makeshift music of the streets. The two formed the Kangol Crew, and began performing in hip-hop battles around the city. At one 1984 battle in the Bronx, Rick met Doug E. Fresh, and began playing with his Get Fresh Crew (which also included Chill Will and Barry Bee). In the summer of 1985, the duo released their historic singles, “The Show and La Di Da Di.” Fresh’s beatbox and Rick’s smooth lyrical delivery turned rap music on its head and MC Ricky D — as Rick was known then– leaped to a solo contract two years later, after an acquaintance with Russell Simmons led to his signing at Def Jam Records, the biggest label in hip-hop at the time.
Before long, Rick would establish himself as one of the architects of hip-hop.
His career in full swing, he released his first solo album in 1988 titled The Great Adventures of Slick Rick. It hit No.1. on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop charts and was one of the first hip-hop records to go platinum.
Rick was preparing to record his sophomore effort, The Ruler’s Back. But three weeks of recording sessions were followed by five years in jail, as Rick was charged with attempted murder. Rick hurried to complete his second album while on bail in 1991.