WHEN: July 21, 2018 | 6pm gates, 7:30pm show

WHERE: Temperance Beer Co.


On January 14, 1965, Ricky M. L. Walters, known in the music industry as Slick Rick aka Ricky D., was born in South Wimbledon, London, England to his Jamaican parents. Known as Ricky back in the day, the soon-to-be entertainer moved with his family to the Bronx in 1975.

Exposed to the hip-hop beats and music scene in the Bronx, Ricky began making a name for himself by competing in and winning nearly every MC battle contest he entered. He finally hit the jackpot at a MC contest at the 369 Armory in Harlem, where he attracted the attention of Doug E. Fresh, who was garnering his own attention due to his ability to imitate drum machines and various special effects.

Striking up a friendship, Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick released the history-making, single “The Show and La Di Da Di” in the summer of 1985. With Fresh’s beatbox and Rick’s smooth lyrical delivery, the duo nearly single-handedly transformed rap.

With his music career in works, Rick moved to New York City, where he signed with Russell Simmons at Def Jam Records. In 1988, Slick Rick released his solo album “The Great Adventures of Slick Rick”. The debut album hit number one Billboard R&B/hip-hop charts and ended up being one of the first hip hop records to go platinum.

As his star rose, Rick played the part of the MC to the hilt, decking himself out in jewelry and chains sometimes up to $60,000 in baubles at a time. And besides the trademark eye patch –which covers his eye that was blinded by a piece of glass while Rick was still an infant living in London – Rick wore a gold crown, soon causing fans to refer to the rapper as The Ruler. What else would you expect from the Ruler?