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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.

NME: Soundtrack of My Life

0slickrick4 In celebration of Slick Rick's upcoming UK homecoming tour, NME asked Slick Rick to share the Soundtrack of his Life. See an excerpt below:

The Song That Makes Me Want To Dance

Nicki Minaj, feat Drake and Lil Wayne

‘Truffle Butter’

“It has a strong beat and they ride the track pretty good. They wrote it good and it has a strong sound to it. What’s my dancing like? I like to do the vogue, Madonna’s vogue – 1980s dances.”

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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