With his trademark appearance and signature songs, Slick Rick is one of the most iconic and influential rappers of all time. The rapper, who grew up in the Bronx, has now been honoured by his home borough with a place on the Walk of Fame after a recent ceremony. Fellow inductees included #MeToo founder and activist Tarana Burke and actor Maggie Siff.
Almost 30 years after its initial release, Slick Rick’s album The Great Adventures of Slick Rick remains a stone cold classic. Speaking to Vanity Fair, Rick said he sees his legacy as the stories and humour still found in modern rap. In his words he was, “Like a Richard Pryor or Redd Foxx put in rap form. Eddie Murphy in rap form.” Everyone from 50 Cent to Nicki Minaj has been influenced by his style, subjects, and delivery.
Then of course there’s ‘La Di Da Di’, his hugely popular 1985 release with Doug E. Fresh which has become one of the most sampled and referenced tracks in hip-hop history, making Slick Rick’s influence completely undeniable. His induction to his hometown’s Walk of Fame is well-deserved.
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