In the south-west London district of Mitcham Walters was born and raised, but then he later moved with his British Jamaican family to The Bronx in 1977 where he met Dana Dane with whom he later formed a hip hop duo known as the Kangol Crew. Walters received his characteristic eye patch after being blinded in the right eye by broken glass as an infant.Once he gained a degree of wealth, Walters earned a reputation for wearing a significant amount of gold and diamond jewelry.
He first gained success in the rap industry by joining Doug E. Fresh’s Get Fresh Crew, using the stage name MC Ricky D. He was featured on the single “The Show” and its popular B-side “La Di Da Di”. La Di Da Di featured Walters’ rapping over Doug E. Fresh’s beatbox. Both tracks gained some mainstream attention. In 1988 Walters’ solo debut The Great Adventures of Slick Rick came out on Def Jam Records. The album was very successful, reaching the #1 spot on Billboard‘s R&B/Hip-Hop chart. It also featured three charting singles: “Children’s Story”, “Hey Young World”, and “Teenage Love”.
The Art of Storytelling is the fourth, and thus far final, studio album by British-American rapper Slick Rick, released May 25, 1999, on Def Jam Recordings. The album features production from DJ Clark Kent and Kid Capri, among others. Upon its release, The Art of Storytelling proved to be Slick Rick’s highest-charting album, peaking at…
Behind Bars is the third studio album by British-American rapper Slick Rick, released November 22, 1994, on Def Jam Recordings. The album features production from Vance Wright, Pete Rock, Prince Paul, Large Professor, Easy Mo Bee and Warren G, as well as guest appearances by Doug E. Fresh, Nice & Smooth, and Warren G. Upon…
The Ruler’s Back is the second studio album by British-American rapper Slick Rick, released July 2, 1991, on Def Jam Recordings. It features production from Vance Wright, Slick Rick and Mr. Lee. The album and its music videos were quickly recorded and filmed before Slick Rick was sentenced to a 5-year prison term. Upon its…
The Great Adventures of Slick Rick is the debut album by hip hop recording artist Slick Rick, released in 1988. The album is among the few to receive a perfect five-mic score from The Source magazine. In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source’s 100 Best Rap Albums. In 2012, the album…
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