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Slick Rick Chats With The Guardian

slick-rick-head-down-black-and-white Ricky Walters is famous – notorious, even – for several reasons. There is his reputation as one of the finest-ever MCs from hip-hop’s golden age. The Guardian caught up with the "Golden Era" MC ahead of his UK "Coming Home Tour". Check out an excerpt below:

“I think what I brought to hip-hop was a visual, storybook-type of a style, like reading a children’s book, but in rap form,” he notes, referring to a US musical whose own fame has grown in the week since this interview. “Or like the Broadway play Hamilton, bringing American history to the theatre in rhyme form.”

Read the interview HERE.

Slick Rick Remembers Muhammad Ali With The Associated Press

52634978-e1427858474477Muhammad Ali was not a rapper, but to many of the genre's best lyricists, he was influential in paving the way for hip-hop stars to succeed and had a lasting impact on the art form. Slick Rick shared his memory of the late athlete with The Associated Press. See excerpt below: "Without question, Muhammed Ali's rhymes were the beginnings of rap music. Along with his tremendous athletic talent, he provided all of us with an image of strength, intelligence, self-assurance, and an in-your-face confidence that one could only admire. To me, Muhammed Ali was a rare unique gem — no additives, no preservatives. All walks of life could feel Ali's passion with everything that he touched."

Read more HERE.

 

Happy Birthday Slick Rick!

24-editors-picks-2015-01-09-bp01_z Today marks the 51st birthday of The Ruler aka Slick Rick! Complex.com premiered a video tribute that DJ Dirty Harry together which features over 20 artists paying homepage to The Ruler, which include JAY Z, Kanye West, Eminem, Notorious B.I.G., and Nicki Minaj.

"I've listened to Slick Rick since 'La Di Da Di' and for me, it's second nature to pick up his sample or references in artists tracks," Harry says. "Rick's music is timeless and putting this together was effortless." And Slick Rick is certainly feeling the love. "I am grateful and honored by the impact I have had on artists across the various generations and different genres of music," he says.

Slick Rick will be celebrating his birthday tomorrow (Jan. 15th) at Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY. Enter to win tickets courtesy of Complex HERE or purchase tickets HERE.

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