SLICK RICK THE RULER
Ricky Martin Lloyd Walters, aka ‘Slick Rick’, is a Grammy-nominated, English-born performer, acclaimed as one of the most successful British-American rappers in music history and best known as hip-hop’s greatest storyteller. Originally from London, the hip-hop veteran began his career in 1983 as a member of Doug E. Fresh’s Get Fresh Crew, pioneering what is referred to as the ‘Golden Age of Hip-Hop’ and has four albums to his credit – the landmark ‘The Great Adventures of Slick Rick’ (1988), ‘The Ruler’s Back’ (1991), ‘Behind Bars’ (1994) and ‘The Art of Storytelling’ (1999).
Rick has collaborated with a range of musical icons, from Jay-Z and Missy Elliot to Outkast, Mos Def and Aaliyah. His music has been sampled and interpolated over 600 times, by artists such as Beyonce, Beastie Boys, TLC, Nas, Miley Cyrus, Kanye West, Black Star, The Notorious B.I.G., Snoop Dogg and Color Me Badd. In the process, he became the most sampled hip-hop artist ever, with many of the new songs becoming hit singles, underscoring his timeless influence.
He’s been a VH1 Hip-Hop Honors honoree; About.com’s ‘Top 50 MCs of Our Time’ ranked him #12;The Source’s roundup of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time placed him at #15 and Complex called him ‘The Best Rapper Alive’ at the peak of his career. Ever the influence, he has been referenced in over 35 songs from the early 1990s to present day by recording artists such as Nicki Minaj, J Cole, Pitbull, will.i.am, Amy Winehouse and Big Sean. Slick Rick has also acted and cameo’d in 10 movies and videos, he has four Billboard 200 records, and 14 Top 100 Singles worldwide.
With more than three decades in the world of music, this legacy artist is still striving, still working, still giving back to his community and still ruling!