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Slick Rick's "Coming Home Tour" Gave Fans What They Wanted!

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NEW YORK – The Coming Home Tour – starring rap superstar Slick Rick in his first-ever appearances around his native United Kingdom – just wrapped. Following dates in Manchester, Bristol, London, Birmingham and Brighton, he stopped in Dublin, Ireland and made an impromptu appearance in Paris, France with Redman and De La Soul. Featuring DJ Kaos, the Rickettes and the official winner of MC Lyte’s Next Top Female MC Inteligenz, the highly anticipated late November run was an overwhelming success, selling out in record time. Live Nation UK streamed the London show worldwide. Slick Rick next performs his annual Brooklyn Bowl birthday bash January 20, 2017, before embarking on a series of US dates through March.

“'Coming Home' was a major milestone for me personally and for my career,” said Slick Rick. “But it belonged entirely to the UK. That’s why my intermission was dedicated to some legendary Brits we’ve lost: David Bowie, Benny Hill, Princess Diana and Amy Winehouse. My set ended with raining confetti, celebrating my birthplace and the fans who’ve never seen me on stage before.”

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The concert events were indeed epic nights to remember. Skiddle.com hailed the Manchester show “a spectacle, fascinating even before a single stanza was spit.” The performances opened with a montage surveying Rick’s career through the years and showcased his passion for fashion. With outfit changes throughout, the dapper rapper wore, by turns, Clark Wallabies, pieces of his extensive Kangol hat collection and hand-painted, custom-made boots he himself designed.

Songwall.com said of the London performance: “Slick Rick arrived blindingly charismatic in fluorescent yellow and arctic white and dripping in incandescent jewels from microphone to eye patch, facets of his trademark chains flaring under the coloured lights.”

They added, “Commanding the stage with a regal stillness, contrasting with the seemingly unbridled energy of the backing singers, Slick Rick effortlessly and meticulously energised the audience with a stream of tracks, the crowd dancing, smiling, and meeting him word-for-word – united in rhythm as they chanted his name.”

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Although Grammy-nominated Slick Rick is “Hip-Hop’s Greatest Storyteller” and among the best, most charismatic and most influential emcees from rap’s golden age, he’s been unable to travel and perform outside of the United States for most of his iconic career. A more than two-decade immigration battle ended in April 2016, when he became a naturalized US Citizen.

Enjoy the video recap below:

Time Out London Meets Slick Rick

  With just a few days left before Slick Rick heads across the pond, Time Out London caught up with "The Ruler" to chat about his upbringing in England, the Hip-hop scene in the Bronx, what fans can expect from a Slick Rick show and more. Check out an excerpt below:

"What can we expect from a Slick Rick show?"

You're going to see the Slick Rick brand. You're going to see the essence, the humour and the ambience of Slick Rick. 

Read the rest of the interview HERE.

 

 

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Get tickets and VIP Packages to Slick Rick's "Coming Home Tour" HERE.

Slick Rick Chats With DJ Semtex On BBC 1Xtra

slickricktroopjacketweb It's been over 15 years since Slick Rick performed across the pond. The Ruler called into DJ Semtex's show on BBC 1Xtra to announce his upcoming "Coming Home" tour in the United Kingdom and more. Listen HERE. Check out tour dates below:

TOUR DATES:

Friday, Nov. 25: Mantra, Manchester BUY TICKETS

Saturday, Nov. 26: 02 Forum, London BUY TICKETS

Sunday, Nov. 27: 02 Academy, Bristol BUY TICKETS

Monday, Nov. 28: 02 Institute, Birmingham BUY TICKETS

Tuesday, Nov. 29: The Sugar Club, Dublin, Ireland BUY TICKETS

Wednesday, Nov. 30: Concorde 2, Brighton BUY TICKETS