Our younger cats may be wondering, what’s the big deal? Who’s this man and why does he wear a eye patch? Is his accent real? Why are people always in the club saying “La Di Da Di, we likes to party?” Here’s the 10 things you should know about Slick Rick aka MC Ricky D aka Rick the Ruler aka Uncle Ricky.
2. Slick Rick’s eye patch was never a fashion statement, but masked a medical injury. At only 1 years old, he was left blinded in the right eye after a window broke and his eye was struck by glass.
3. Funny enough, at the High School of Music and Arts, this Brit met Dana Dane, who was known to impersonate British accents. They formed the Kangol Crew, though, MC Ricky D ended up truly shining with Doug E. Fresh and the Get Fresh Crew.
4. After (realistically) being set up and extorted by his own cousin, Slick Rick ended up in an altercation leaving two people shot; a bystander (in the foot!) and his cousin. Changed for second degree attempted murder charges, followed by issues stemming with the Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS), he spent 5 years and 12 days in jail.
5. The only label Slick Rick was ever signed to was Def Jam, which explains why Russell Simmons was the one who bailed him out of jail 8 months after initial charges were laid on him. He was also released in 1993, for three months on a work release, but was sent back when the INS got involved.
7. Slick Rick is Grammy-nominated, but not for The Great Adventures of Slick Rick – or in any rap category…or as an artist, for that matter. It came several years after the fact, when Montell Jordan sampled Ricky D for his hit track ‘This is How We Do It.” Considering the sampling, Slick Rick was listed as a writer on the track, therefore, getting credit as Grammy-nominated.
8. If the Ruler could be reincarnated into anyone, he said he’d like to be “somebody holding a position in politics.” (1) Perhaps the most genius answer considering his personal life, next to wanting to come back as say – Jesus.
9. In his whole discography, “A Children’s Story” is his favorite song. Perhaps it’s because he produced it entirely separate from anyone at Def Jam having their hands in it. (Along with “Hey Young World” and “Mona Lisa.”)
10. The INS (now know as the Department of Homeland Security) ain’t shit. They tried to deport Slick Rick, yet again, in 2003. He spent 17 months in an ‘illegal aliens’ jail, after continuously being denied bail. Finally, in 2008, New York Gov. David Paterson granted a full and unconditional pardon., which means, this hip-hop hero is here to stay.